Tankers attack suspicious, regional dialogue imperative: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the attack on two tankers in the Sea of Oman amid a landmark visit by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Iran is suspicions, calling for the promotion of dialogue among regional countries.

Taking to his official Twitter page on Thursday, hours after the attacks occurred, Iran’s top diplomat said, “Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning.”

Highlighting the fact that attacked tankers were bound for Japan, Zarif noted, “Reported attacks on Japan-related tankers occurred while PM @AbeShinzo was meeting with Ayatollah @khamenei_ir for extensive and friendly talks.”

Iran’s foreign minister then stressed that promotion of a regional dialogue forum was necessary to deal with Wednesday’s and previous attacks on commercial ships in the Persian Gulf, in what was a clear allusion to his previous call for the formation of a such a forum for the Persian Gulf littoral states in an attempt to restore peace and stability to the region.

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