Amirabdollahian participated on Tuesday afternoon (local time) in Baghdad Multilateral Meeting in New York, also attended by foreign ministers and high representatives of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, and France as well as EU foreign policy chief, secretary-general of Arab League, secretary-general of Islamic Cooperation Organization, secretary-general of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council and chaired by Iraqi foreign minister.
Iranian foreign minister highlighted the role of diplomacy and dialogue in overcoming crises and solving disagreements, adding that in the absence of dialogue and negotiation, all the sources and opportunities would be spent on militarism.
Noting that Iran has always emphasized intra-regional dialogue, Amirabdollahian said that contemporary history of West Asia indicated that external variables have been the main hurdle against integration and development in the region.
Foreign presence and interference in any form contrasts main goals of peace and security, as well as sovereignty of states in the region, Iran’s top diplomat stressed, proposing fighting against terrorism and drug trafficking, energy sector, maritime navigation, security and environmental crises as areas of cooperation that countries in the West Asia region could base a dialogue on.
Expressing Iran’s support for Iraq’s security, stability, and development, Iran's foreign minister said that the new administration in Iran prioritized expansion of ties with neighbor countries and regional states.
Attendees in the meeting agreed to hold a second edition of Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership in Jordan. The first conference was on August 28 in Baghdad.
In the final statement, they once again reaffirmed their support for Iraqi nation and government and emphasized the importance of general election due to be held on October 10.