Iran Seeks Peace and Stability in Persian Gulf

Saturday, September 12, 2015

 Abdolreza Ghofrani
Former Senior Diplomat and International Analyst

Now the nuclear deal has been made, US Senate has rejected the obstruction of the deal; moreover three important European leaders have endorsed this instrument and undoubtedly will put the terms of nuclear deal into action. Most important of all, the deal has been adopted in the form of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 with the guarantee of execution, thus making all member states, internationally, committed to observe the adopted document and appendixes.

There were huge hue and cry and faked propagations, well before the deal was made , stirred by some Western and Israeli circles and mass media as well as some Persian Gulf states. They voiced the baseless allegations that Iran intended to have access to nuclear arms, and charged Iran that by this could intimidate and jeopardize the security of the Persian Gulf region.

Iran, notwithstanding of these baseless claims, proceeded a two years dire and painstaking nuclear negotiations, in which she had the major role , showing tremendous flexibility that eventually did lead to the deal. This proved, like any other countries, Iran too has the rights to access to nuclear enrichment for peaceful purposes; however this country did go further beyond the limits thus showing her great flexibility in using this international inviolable right. Now the Iranian policy and standing should have been globally well known, and in particular, absolutely been proved to the Arab states in the Persian Gulf that by this, Iran's goals are not but serve the world peace and more than all to preserve stability process in highly sensitive region of Persian Gulf as well as, and in a larger scale the Middle east. Having said all this, the concerns, or if you like the fears, of any country and particularly of the states of the Persian Gulf  for a nuclear armed Iran was absolutely baseless and just the illusion of those countries, intending to enrage tensions. They have done this just to serve their own infidel goals.

Those countries, however, should not lose sight of the fact that Iran is the strongest and most stable country of the Persian Gulf as well as one of the main players in the critical and sensitive region of the Middle East. This fact is worthy to be noted that Iran's power either having nuclear weapons (as they claim) or not is undeniable; therefore, Iran's share and role in the region developments should not be unheeded.

On the other side, though, the countries in the region of Persian Gulf need to be reminded that in spite of Iran's political, economic and man power as well as her military might, this country has never ever wielded those capabilities for influence, jeopardy or instigating tensions and instability in other country and she will never do so.The political and international history of this region is a strong proof for this. Over the past two centuries, at least Iran has never invaded any country either being her neighbors or in the region, having no expansionist ambitions. Iran, however, has always defended against the invaders to serve her best legitimate interests. It is quite well known that in the course of the past couple of decades this country has been attacked by others in the region, thus suffering great human and economic losses. Now, all countries with misconception of Iran's danger are among those who provided the invaders with every human and financial assistance. However it goes without saying that Iran, despite all calamities of these invasion, has always, and in particular through the past two years, done her best making policies to uphold peace and stability in this region. Certainly, in the process of peace and stability of the region, Iran, is one side, so this country cannot establish security and peace in this sensitive part by itself; therefore it is also for other countries of the region to extend their cooperation with Iran. The first condition, of course, for this collective cooperation, is that no country takes any action that may cause tension or at least stop others to do so. Secondly these countries should never ever be stimulated or pushed by Israelis' provocations, which, over the past two years has showed that her interests are solely served by tensions and waging war and aggressions. The countries of the region need to beware that they will be the great losers if any tension arises. Then, Iran, as the biggest country in this area has no choice but pursue the policies to restore peace and securities that serve her best interests, as well as those of the region. It is obvious that this region belongs to all those countries, therefore the collective measures for stability and peace are natural and unavoidable; so their positive interaction with Iran is invaluable, or in better words a good opportunity. This kind of collective action is ordinary that can be seen in other regions of the world. A good example is ASEAN. In that collective regional arrangement a big country such as China, in spite of being a nuclear power, along with other nations of South East Asia, does have political, economic and even military cooperation, without any fear of intimidation and threat. It is just because they have common good interests in this cooperation.

This author believe that Seyyed Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian diplomat and now a senior research associate in Princeton, has put it quite wisely  and meaningful. "Iran, Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) and Iraq ", he suggested, "depending on amicable political, economic, military and security cooperation, can resolve their disputes and concerns through a regional mechanisms or if you like collective arrangements". This is just the replica of ASEAN. If such an arrangement is practical in South East Asia there is no reason that cannot be quite viable in our own region as well.

By and large, the countries of the region need to trust Iran's good will. Just giving a good example is that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, soon after the nuclear deal was agreed upon, visited some countries of the region. There is no doubt that Mr. Zarif's more visits to other countries of the region will have far more impacts on confidence building cooperation and understanding, being conducive to remove misapprehensions and making the ways of cooperation and amiability.

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