Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged the young people in the West to help pave the ground for enhanced interaction with the Muslim world.
Without a highly ideologically and politically motivated ally like Iran, Russia would face in Syria what the Soviet Union faced in Afghanistan.
Shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber plane by Turkey’s F-16 warplanes has been described as an important incident within framework of ongoing developments in the Middle East; an incident which is far more important than an ordinary dogfight to defend air borders of a country.
The summit meeting of the heads of state of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, as a result of which Tehran turned into a hub for delineating the future road map of the global gas industry. This was made possible due to the presence in the summit of high-ranking officials from 18 member states, including 12 main and six observer members.
More than three years have passed since Iran and Canada severed diplomatic ties due to hardheaded positions taken by the previous Canadian government on Iran. Former prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper slammed Iran’s foreign policy approach to Syria and Israel as well as the country’s nuclear program and the situation of human rights, thus, considering them as enough ground for the severance of diplomatic ties between the two countries. In this way, the two countries’ already choppy relations entered a totally new phase.
After the nuclear talks got underway between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries under the administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and as the possibility of an agreement between the two sides seemed to be high, Europeans, like the Iranian side, could not hide their willingness to restart relations or even wait for the final result of the negotiations.
If Europe fails to understand this situation in its effort to interact with the Middle East following Paris terrorist attacks, reproduction of such extremist groups and currents as Daesh would be a possible scenario for Europe and Middle East security complex, which in turn, would lead to a vicious circle of terrorism and fighting against terrorism in all European and Middle Eastern countries.
I am confident that the deal will be implemented by all the parties because they have more to gain than to lose in doing so. The JCPOA is an excellent deal for Iran. The end of nuclear-related sanctions and renewed international trade and economic cooperation should boost Iran's economy and improve the Iranian people standard of living.
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Therefore, in addition to “nuclear diplomacy,” it would be suitable for Iran to give top priority to “anti-terror diplomacy” as well and play a leading role in this regard in the region. A delegation headed by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and attended by our seasoned military and security commanders must start diplomatic consultations in this respect. The work must be started through engaging in dialogue with permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and the UN secretary general.
The bloody and disastrous incidents of the black Friday on November 13, 2015, in Paris, once more underlined the need for profound and extensive rethinking and review of such concepts as global peace and international terrorism on the part of the West.