Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a recent agreement reached between Iran and six world powers displayed the power of diplomacy in resolving international issues and disputes.
Seyed Mohammad Sadegh Kharazi
At present, Iran is the symbol of power and security in the region. The French people, who are in Tehran are the guests of us, Iranians, and from the viewpoint of cultural relations and hospitality traditions, it is not befitting of us to talk about bitterness and hardships of the past. On the opposite, the important point is to focus on the future; regional and global capacities; coexistence and development of political, international and regional relations; as well as development of bilateral relations in such areas as economy, technology, industry, trade, culture and education.
Conditions for Israel have become so worrisome that if their powerful lobby in the United States fails in making political leaders in Washington support Israel, this regime will face a fundamental threat. Therefore, Tel Aviv feels that through exaggerated propaganda about the so-called Iran threat, it must hide that real existential threat in order for its citizens to feel secure, like they did in the past years, and continue to back the policies of the Israel.
ISIS’ bomb attack against Turkish Kurds over a week ago has brought to light the new face of the conflict and hatred that exists between Ankara and the Kurdish population. On the surface, the attack was ISIS’ warning to Turkish Kurds to stop helping Syrian Kurds in Kobani. However, it also served Erdogan’s clandestine goal, which is to undo the existing unity among the two countries’ Kurds. Nonetheless, this attack is expected to have untoward consequences for Ankara, just in the same way that ISIS operations in Saudi Arabia, another staunch supporter of ISIS, had negative consequences for Riyadh. In fact, both cases are considered as the surge of this terrorist group’s violence against the main sources that have so far fed and supported it.
Mohammad Mahdi Mojahedi
Signs emerging from these negotiations, along with all daring actions taken and amazing records broken, were an “unthinkable” experience in the course of the current policies in the Middle East. As a result, they were indicative of the emergence of a new regime of political relations aimed at the resolution of hostilities and even promotion of “cautious and competitive” interaction between Iran and the big global powers.
Iran entered negotiations based on mutual respect and on the basis of bargaining and has been able to replace the unilateral trend of sanctions, threat and destruction with a different trend of bilateral interactions, mutual respect, cooperation, progress and development. We must never forget that the more we expand our possibilities through a combination of power and resilience in global interactions, the better would be the position that we gain in international system.
Finally, accepting the reality that Iran and the United States have common interests in the long term and theoretically speaking, unofficial cooperation between the two countries is not unlikely and necessary logic for such cooperation exists as of now. However, conditions in the region and elsewhere can easily lead to a situation in which all hopes for détente could be lost.
At present, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia, due to their special potentials as two important and influential countries in the region and the Islamic world, enjoy necessary capacities to play this role. They can officially recognize their differences and think about necessary solutions to get out of the existing situation, because this will benefit both the two countries and the Islamic world on the whole.
The United States can begin with discarding its narrow-minded regime change policy and starting broad-based strategic cooperation with Iran. Iran is among the most important supporters of a Middle East free from nuclear weapons and has already indicated its willingness to take part in the formulation of an overarching arms control regime. These issues, along with fighting extremism, protecting stability of energy corridors in the Persian Gulf, and restoring stability to Syria, Iraq and Yemen, are good grounds for more profound cooperation between Iran and the United States. In that case, the United States will see that Iran is a much more responsible country than what the West believes today.
Iran's negotiations with the P5+1 countries and the resultant agreement has, for the first time in the history of international law, added a fourth option to the above three, which is to have the Security Council’s decisions abrogated through dialogue without the country in question having complied with them.