Source: Iran Studying Bahrain's Invitation to Manama Dialogue
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tehran is studying an invitation made by Bahrain for Iran's participation at upcoming Manama Dialogue Summit in the Persian Gulf island country, a source at the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced Thursday.
Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa had on Tuesday, November 26, invited his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to participate at the IISS Manama Dialogue Summit, due to be held on December 16.
A relevant official at the Iranian foreign ministry said on the condition of anonymity that "Tehran is studying Bahrani invitation."
Political analysts believe that Manama’s invitation of Iran to attend the summit is due to Tehran’s undeniable role in protecting peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region.
The recent nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers, they say, played a great role in strengthening Iran’s role as a major player in the Persian Gulf security equations.
The Manama Dialogue Summit is held in Bahrain every year in mid-December and was initially called the Persian Gulf Security Summit.
Bahraini foreign ministry is holding the summit in collaboration with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
The IISS says that that Manama Dialogue was a crucial pillar of the regional security architecture and provided a platform for ministers, chiefs of defense staff and national security leaders to consult bilaterally and multilaterally on key security and foreign policy challenges facing the region.