Mohammad Javad Zarif
From ancient times Europe and Iran have been each other’s civilizational neighbors. With the start of the implementation of the nuclear agreement, which has put an end to unnecessary decade-old tensions, it is now time to focus on more important matters, above all a common search on how to achieve the mechanisms for Iran and other influential countries to expand their cooperation based on shared interests and the need to confront the common threats.
At any rate and in the real world, we, as a major regional power, and the United States, as a big global power, which is ectopically present in our region and in our periphery, including in the Persian Gulf will inevitably come face to face in certain cases. For example, such incidents as trespassing of two US Marines’ boats on Iran’s coastal waters and the likes of that can always take place and we must be ready and make necessary plans to prevent escalation of the situation and do not let such incidents get out of hand.
Shireen T. Hunter
“Iran’s return to international community will undermine Saudi aspirations for regional supremacy, and even more its hopes that a U.S.-Iran military confrontation would weaken Iran to a point that it would not be a contender for regional power,” said Prof. Shireen T. Hunter in an interview with Iran Review.
Mohammad Ali Dastmali
After a scheduled visit to Turkey by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was called off in 2015, new windows of opportunity were expected to open following a few days or weeks of negotiations and consultation, and relations between Tehran and Ankara were supposed to return to normal through this trip or similar trips. However, this did not happen and since that time, apart from a few economic trips and exchange of academic delegations, there have been no important diplomatic meetings in relations between Tehran and Ankara.
Seyed Ghasem Zakeri
The most important point is that while it is quite necessary for Iran to show its strength, might and deterrence power to Saudi Arabia and other countries in a suitable manner, at the same time, it must not ignore its most important responsibility which is to safeguard security and stability in the region.
Although the two countries’ relations have seen many ups and downs following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, since 2003 and after the fall of the government of former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, and the rise of Iraqi Shias to power, a new phase of cold and proxy war has started in relations between the two countries. However, it seems that there are solutions through which tensions between the two countries can be managed and contained and regional crises can be resolved.
Italy and France were destinations for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first official trips following the removal of sanctions that had been imposed on Iran over its peaceful nuclear program. During these trips, Rouhani was accompanied with a 200-member delegation, which consisted of officials at the highest political and economic levels, which clearly indicated president’s approach to boosting economic relations with those countries and attracting foreign investment to Iran.
The set of small and medium companies that can work in Iran's oil and gas industry can have a collective influence as well as economic, technological and financial outcomes, which may be much more important for our country in comparison with the big companies.
Mohammad Shariati Dehaqan
In view of Saudi Arabia’s decision on international issues and its indignation with the United States’ policy in the region, Riyadh is doing its best to get closer to Russia in order to solve its problems. Saudi Arabia was certain that if Russia did not cooperate with it in the case of Yemen, a Security Council resolution in favor of its campaign would not be issued through a vote of abstention.
The second phase of Afghanistan peace talks, dubbed “Mary 2,” has been held in Islamabad and Kabul, capital cities of Pakistan and Afghanistan, respectively. Delegations from four countries, that is, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States followed up on the second phase of the negotiations under conditions that the Taliban group had set two main conditions for its serious engagement in the national reconciliation process.