Iran's Foreign Ministry
Iran says it respects the British people's decision to leave the European Union, saying it will have no effect on the Islamic Republic’s approach towards the UK.
Seyed Reza Ghazvini Ghorabi
Fallujah liberation operation, which came after a period of political tensions in Iraq, showed that if the country’s people and politicians want complete defeat of Daesh in Iraq, they must set aside their political differences in order to be able to fight this Takfiri group. The liberation of Fallujah proved once more that taking advantage of all political, religious and ethnic groups in all forms of Popular Mobilization Forces, tribal fighters, and Kurdish fighters, is an efficient model to fight Daesh.
The following article represents an effort aimed to show that from the viewpoint of its legal status and national interests, it would be better for Iran under the present circumstances to remain an observer member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. As long as suitable conditions for the realization of the country’s long-term interests do not exist, Iran’s full membership at the SCO would not meet the interests purported by proponents of its accession to this organization.
Seyed Hossein Mousavi
Since Salman bin Abdulaziz became new king of Saudi Arabia, the country’s foreign policy has undergone major strategic changes. To make a long story short, these changes can be summarized as such: Riyadh has rapidly changed course from the strategy of interaction on the basis of spiritual influence on its local, regional and international allies to a new strategy of confrontation on the basis of the use of force.
Attention to Iran's characteristics and potential for any form of new nation-state building in the region on the basis of the country’s institutional, historical, religious, geopolitical, cultural, economic and trade potentialities is a geopolitical and strategic must. Any measure in this regard without attention to Iran and due attention to its interests and supported values and discourses in the Middle East, will certainly fail and will only pave the way for regeneration of extremist currents in West Asia in the light of the Sykes-Picot Agreement’s arrangements.
The recent measure taken by the United States is in line with Washington’s unchanging policy of taking advantage of pressure tools concurrent with diplomatic efforts, especially with regard to the nuclear issue. However, it must not be forgotten that under conditions when the nuclear deal is still at its beginning, such measures will intentionally or unintentionally deal drastic blows to this important agreement. Such hostile measures will further trigger fears about possible rekindling of tensions in bilateral relations, which may in turn lead to new problems.
Mr. Khouri believes the rise of ISIS is a wake-up call about the growth of a set of alarming problems and deficiencies across the Arab world including environmental, historical, political and social issues: “Almost every dimension of life in many, many Arab countries has real problems and the result is what we see today: migration, illegal refugees, terrorism, Islamic State, etc., and some countries have been in active warfare for four, five years non-stop. So, there’s a real problem in the Arab world and we see it everywhere.”
Presence of Russia's defense minister in Tehran at a time that Syria peace talks are on hold, can be meant at sending a signal to the White House that if it is not serious in negotiations and cooperation with Russia in Syria, Moscow would be able to change its strategy as well. This message could be a warning for the White House, which has fewer available options in Syria.
The former Britain’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency says perhaps time has come for Iran to lodge a complaint about the U.S. non-cooperation to the dispute settlement committee which the JCPOA has stipulated for cases when a party to the deal feels one or more other parties are not delivering on their commitments.
Mohammad Farhad Koleini
Iran is an island of stability and the United States’ forced retreat through such superficial behaviors will not have good consequences. The necessity to redefine the region should be pursued through good focus and suitable understanding of Iran. The “power and security inertia” is very high in this region. If a serious and dominant view manages to rectify behaviors both in public spaces and in the field of economy, then production of new capacities can be taken into consideration. Today, many economists and geopolitical experts are talking about the necessity of offering an economic model for the geopolitical conditions of the region and we know that they know that this model cannot be formulated in the absence of Iran.