Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will not allow any inspections by foreigners of its military sites.
Although these changes have had a major effect on domestic policy of Saudi Arabia, no essential change has taken place in terms of Saudi government’s position on a spectrum which extends from democracy to totalitarianism. In addition, although foreign policy of Saudi Arabia has altered its direction in accordance with the aforesaid changes toward cooperation with the Muslim Brotherhood in the region, the main priority of this country – which is to counteract Iran's regional power and influence – has remained unchanged.
Mohammad Farhad Koleini
The rapid pace of developments in the Middle East, high number of crises in this region, new tensions with Arab neighbors at a time that Iran has been breaking new grounds in foreign policy, usual doubts about Russia’s true intents, and concerns about the best possible form of relations between Iran and the United States, have all made the Islamic Republic need a new, modern and smart approach to its foreign policy capacities and capabilities. Iran Review has conducted an interview with Mohammad Farhad Koleini, a senior strategic and international analyst, in this regard, the complete text of which follows.
On the relations between Iran and Turkey as two major economic and political powerhouses in the region, Prof. Turan opines that the two nations have never been on fighting terms, and despite intrinsic rivalries, they have tried to keep their competitions under control. According to Prof. Turan, Iran and Turkey have disagreements over Syria or Yemen, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t benefit from what cooperation might offer.
Mohammad Taghi Hosseini
Iran, however, has proven that it enjoys necessary capabilities and skills in these fields. Iran’s diplomatic apparatus should take advantage of all its power to promote the goal of freeing the Middle East of nuclear weapons through the ongoing conference. The existing conditions in the region are ripe to force Israel and the US government, as the main supporter of that regime, to try to get rid of the current situation and allay the political and moral pressure that is mounted on them by international community, at least, for a short period of time.
Ardeshir Zarei Ghanavati
The only development that can be considered as a strength for Netanyahu would be the possible failure of Iran's negotiations with Western powers, especially the United States, in addition to continuation of the current political and security alignment of Tel Aviv with the conservative Arab axis, which is led by Saudi Arabia. The latter development can somehow help the coalition cabinet marginalize basic problems with which it is faced right now as a result of the escalation of sectarian strife in the region, and it can even allow Netanyahu to buy more time.
Seyed Mohammad Eslami
Heads of the six member states of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council [(P)GCC] came back from Camp David Summit in Washington with empty hands. According to the US media outlets, the Arab heads of state and their representatives, who had taken part at Camp David Summit, were told it was better if they adapted to the United States’ policies instead of trying to counteract them.
The Geneva interim deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 group last November and the statement issued by the two sides in the Swiss city of Lausanne later, are good examples to prove lack of the United States’ commitment to principles of negotiations and any forthcoming agreement.
Robert E. Hunter
The former U.S. Ambassador to NATO believes that until everything is agreed, it cannot be said whether there would be a deal; however, he says he is optimistic that the talks move in such a direction that can end in an understanding. Robert E. Hunter, however, says that there are some parties in the Middle East who disfavor such a deal between Iran and the West, because it would lead to Iran’s economic and political reemergence as a regional power and an Iran-U.S. rapprochement, which is not pleasant to everybody.
On March 25, 2015, Saudi Arabia started its military intervention in Yemen by launching air strikes against the Arab country through Operation Decisive Storm. The important question is whether this military assault is legal and legitimate in terms of international law? This issue can be assessed from three different viewpoints: Yemen’s domestic laws, international law and international humanitarian law.