The Iranian Foreign Ministry says Tehran regards the removal of all sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic as the final stage of the nuclear negotiations with world powers.
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
World powers have for decades raced to dominate the Middle East and the Persian Gulf and due to its strategic location with its importance for global energy security and commerce, such rivalry will continue to attract the interest of the world powers. However, the nature of this relationship for the past decades has been challenging to the region and requires a rethinking.
The recent media and diplomatic hype launched by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over three Iranian islands can be considered a new round of miscalculation and insistence on ignoring “more than three centuries of papers, documents, and written history of the Persian Gulf and three Iranian islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa.”
The preliminary agreement between Iran and the P5+1 to resolve issues related to Iran's nuclear program on November 24, 2013 was hailed as a great achievement for diplomacy around the world. Exception were some hardliners in the U.S. and Israel or certain Saudi royalties who fear that a final deal between Iran and the U.S. will end up with their friendship or even an alliance in the future; consequently accentuating Iran's geopolitical significance.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
As Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has stated, the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers has broad implications beyond the mere nuclear issue. Since the November 24th signing of the agreement in Geneva under intense international media limelight, important steps have been taken by Iran to improve the country's relations with its neighbors, in the Persian Gulf region and with the member states of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) first and foremost.
Mohammad reza Noroozpoor
Turkey’s interest in getting closer to the main winners of the Syria crisis, including Iran and Russia, is another reason why Ankara has switched tracks on Syria. By doing so, the country’s leaders hope to have a minimal share of the benefits of a peaceful end to Syria crisis and reduce the cost that Turkey will suffer in case Bashar Assad remains in power following the Geneva 2 conference.
A new chapter is opening in Iran's foreign policy in which dialogue, negotiations and presentation of new economic and investment plans can be used as means of providing new grounds for development of Iran's economic and trade ties with the world. In doing so, the European countries will enjoy a special status and they should be able to take the best advantage of new conditions in their relations with Iran within framework of common interests of the two sides.
A six-month accord between the P5+1 and Iran was reached on November 24, 2013, after a long and unprecedented set of negotiations. Will this accord last, and will it lead to a longer agreement? Was the deal the result of draconian sanctions imposed on Iran, as President Obama would have us believe? Was it the result of the election of President Hassan Rouhani and his promise of “constructive engagement,” as most people believe? Or could it be that President Obama’s policy toward Iran is changing?
Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh
The plan of action is, in fact, a first step on a very long path; a long path along which any untoward incident may happen in the future. However, one reality cannot be denied: Iran and the P5+1 group have found the best way to negotiate with each other and this will prove to be a very important and efficient achievement, which will facilitate resolution of any possible future problem.
In the early hours of Sunday morning (November 24, 2013), the Islamic Republic of Iran and the six permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, reached a historical agreement on Iran's nuclear energy program. The agreement pertained to an international case, which for more than 10 years, had been used as a ground to impose a variety of sanctions and restrictive measures against the Iranian people and government, on the one hand, while on the other hand, had been the main topic of frequent sessions of unilateral, multilateral and international negotiations and discussions.