EU, P5+1, Iran
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, made the following statement.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
With significant gaps between the position of parties still remaining, despite serious marathon negotiations unfortunately a final deal by July 20th has proved unreachable, thus necessitating the extension of that deadline, as allowed by the provisions of the Geneva 'Joint Plan of Action' singed last November. The big question is, of course, what this means in terms of the negotiation process and the vested interests of both sides, i.e., Iran on the one hand the "P5 +1" nations on the other hand?
Regardless of what scenarios may unravel in future Iraq, if the country actually moves toward disintegration along ethnic and religious lines, the prospect of peace and stability for the restive region of Middle East will become even more unachievable than any time in the past. Such a situation will finally have very destructive effects on all regional countries and even other countries that have political and economic interactions with them.
The present article is based on the hypothesis that unfortunately, if the following factors continue to influence the situation in Iraq, the Arab country will be in for a fate similar to that of Syria and the crisis in Iraq will not abate in the foreseeable future, if it does not get worse.
Following the announcement of preliminary results of the second round of presidential election in Afghanistan by the Independent Election Commission and rejection of those results by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the country has entered a new phase of political crisis. Now, the main question is what future prospect awaits this country?
Ali Akbar Asadi
In view of the current critical conditions governing Iraq and considering Iran's priorities in this country, the best option for Iran out of the aforesaid scenarios related to future outlook of Iraq is nothing but bringing the crisis under control or reducing its intensity in a bid to help the country to consolidate its federal and democratic political system.
At present, I think it’s very difficult to predict the future. I know what I want, which is to see so significant improvement in the relations and a positive improvement. And I think there’s much to gain by helping Iran find its place in the world which is what it is. And I have no doubts that the Foreign Secretary wants to see an improvement in the relations.
Kayhan Barzegar explains why it is so unlikely for the U.S. and Iran to work together to confront the current crisis in Iraq. Such narrow cooperation, Barzegar writes, would threaten the delicate political balance that Iran seeks to maintain in the region. In order for a coordinated effort to work, he argues, the U.S. would need to focus on the broader problem of Sunni extremism and bring its own regional partners into the process.
The government of [Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan has publicly announced and frequently indicated during the past weeks that it is ready to catalyze a new development in the Middle East by putting an end to his past opposition to the willingness of Iraqi Kurds to have an independent state of their own.
What has been happening in Iraq and Syria will undoubtedly have serious consequences for the Middle East region, the entire West Asia, and the whole world. The ISIS is now officially calling itself the “Islamic Caliphate,” and is trying to establish its dominance over the Arab countries, Iran, and North Africa, while also claiming to be bent on liberating Palestine.