Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will not allow any inspections by foreigners of its military sites.
On the relations between Iran and Turkey as two major economic and political powerhouses in the region, Prof. Turan opines that the two nations have never been on fighting terms, and despite intrinsic rivalries, they have tried to keep their competitions under control. According to Prof. Turan, Iran and Turkey have disagreements over Syria or Yemen, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t benefit from what cooperation might offer.
Seyed Mohammad Eslami
Heads of the six member states of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council [(P)GCC] came back from Camp David Summit in Washington with empty hands. According to the US media outlets, the Arab heads of state and their representatives, who had taken part at Camp David Summit, were told it was better if they adapted to the United States’ policies instead of trying to counteract them.
The Geneva interim deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 group last November and the statement issued by the two sides in the Swiss city of Lausanne later, are good examples to prove lack of the United States’ commitment to principles of negotiations and any forthcoming agreement.
Robert E. Hunter
The former U.S. Ambassador to NATO believes that until everything is agreed, it cannot be said whether there would be a deal; however, he says he is optimistic that the talks move in such a direction that can end in an understanding. Robert E. Hunter, however, says that there are some parties in the Middle East who disfavor such a deal between Iran and the West, because it would lead to Iran’s economic and political reemergence as a regional power and an Iran-U.S. rapprochement, which is not pleasant to everybody.
On March 25, 2015, Saudi Arabia started its military intervention in Yemen by launching air strikes against the Arab country through Operation Decisive Storm. The important question is whether this military assault is legal and legitimate in terms of international law? This issue can be assessed from three different viewpoints: Yemen’s domestic laws, international law and international humanitarian law.
Abdul Hamid Noorzai
During past weeks, Afghanistan has been target of attacks by domestic and foreign armed groups. Some reports say that thousands of Pakistanis, Uzbeks and nationals of other countries have infiltrated the northern part of Afghanistan through southern and western parts after crossing into the country from Pakistan’s Waziristan region. They have reportedly chosen Faryab Province as the center of their activities, setting up their headquarters in Ghormach city.
Mohammad Taghi Hosseini
Iran, however, has proven that it enjoys necessary capabilities and skills in these fields. Iran’s diplomatic apparatus should take advantage of all its power to promote the goal of freeing the Middle East of nuclear weapons through the ongoing conference. The existing conditions in the region are ripe to force Israel and the US government, as the main supporter of that regime, to try to get rid of the current situation and allay the political and moral pressure that is mounted on them by international community, at least, for a short period of time.
The US President Barack Obama’s administration has organized an unprecedented event to be attended by heads of regional Arab states, including the king of Saudi Arabia. The two-day event is expected to be held on May 14-15, 2015, at the White House and Camp David, during which the participants will discuss major security concerns of the United States’ allies and will explore ways of fighting off regional threats, especially Iran's increasing influence in the Middle East. The main question, however, is whether Obama and his administration, as conventional guarantors of security in the Middle East, are really concerned about the Middle East, or Iran is just an excuse used by the United States to give assurances to its allies with regard to various security issues?
Mostafa Entezari Heravi
It seems that interventions in Tehran’s nuclear case, which go far beyond the stipulations of the Safeguards Agreement, have prompted certain parties to talk about extralegal supervisions over Iran's nuclear program and expect to be allowed to meddle in the country’s internal affairs. Of course, such an expectation will be met with Iran's firm “no.”