Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the P5+1 group has no “everlasting chance” to reach a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
Israeli regime’s measures in the Gaza Strip are war crimes because none of the principles of international humanitarian law have been observed during the aggression on Gaza and the Tel Aviv regime has embarked on the massacre of civilian population. Israel’s measures are also crime against humanity because they have the potential to go beyond the limits of the Gaza Strip and affect other adjacent areas and even other parts of the world. They also constitute a case of aggression, because Israel has been the party initiating the ongoing war in Gaza.
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.
Turkey is moving toward realization of the goals it has defined to achieve by 2013, which have been delineated on a background of Neo-Ottomanism. A possible win by Erdogan in the upcoming presidential election will speed up that march.
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.
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.