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JCPOA, a Model for Resolving Global Crises

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Iranian foreign minister says the precedent of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries can be employed to help resolve all crises around the globe.

“The nuclear agreement was one of the rare cases where diplomacy prevailed,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

He added that the reason behind the resolution of the Western dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear program was a shift in the approach toward the issue at hand.

Zarif said as a result of the nuclear deal, the West, on the one hand, has the most concrete guarantees about the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program and on the other hand the sanctions on Iran have been lifted.

Pointing to the security and terror crises in Europe, Zarif said the West cannot expect to enjoy security while other regions in the world are reeling from insecurity.

“We should know that these crises are common threats and challenges to us all,” the Iranian minister pointed out.

He said the crises have to be seen from a global standpoint in a way that “every crisis is a crisis for all.” 

“I am of the belief that if we could redefine our issues in the region through the inclusion of others and not their exclusion, we can find a solution,” Zarif added.

To address the issue of Daesh Takfiri militants and terrorism, he said, “We need a global solution to stop hatred.”

The Iranian foreign minister said political or military solutions alone cannot resolve the issue and a “comprehensive global solution” is required.

The Iranian foreign minister also referred to the Saudi massacre of Yemenis, criticizing the approach where “a country sees its interests not in having friendly neighbors but in their elimination.”

The Iranian Foreign Minister has also stressed the importance of constant dialog between Tehran and the European Union.

“There are good relations between Iran’s Majlis and the European Parliament and we emphasize the continuation of dialog between Iran and the European Union,” Zarif said.

Pointing to the latest developments in Syria, the Iranian minister urged diplomacy to solve the crisis in the Arab country.

“The settlement of the Syrian crisis has no military solution,” Zarif said.

Iran’s Foreign Minister said Iranian military advisers are in Syria at the request of the Damascus government.

Zarif also dismissed media allegations that Iran has sent troops to Syria to fight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying Tehran has no “boots on the ground” but only "military advisers" at the request of the Syrian government.

“There we have military advisers at the request of the government of this country. We will move out military advisers when the local government deems it necessary for us to remove them,” he pointed out.

He said Syria has a “legitimate” government which is also recognized by the United Nations, adding, “Those who are conducting measures in Syria without a mandate by a legitimate government are violating international regulations.”

"You feel the consequences of the growth of extremism in our region in terms of refugees that come to Europe, in terms of the spread of unfortunate terrorist incidents in various European cities. Extremism cannot be contained in one country or one region. It's a global menace, requiring a global response," the Iranian minister told the European Parliament session.

He stressed the importance of cessation of conflict in Syria, saying it is the Syrian nation who should decide their own fate.

Zarif emphasized that regional countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, cannot determine the outcomes of Syria peace talks, saying, “We will not make any decision for the Syrian people. They cannot also decide for the Syrian people.”

Zarif said Iran’s “regional neighbors” must abandon their “illusion” that the Syria issue has a military solution.

The Iranian foreign minister urged parties to stick to their commitments agreed in Munich Security Conference by world powers on Friday about cessation of hostilities in Syria.

"What we agreed in Munich is cessation of hostilities, not a pause, to allow the allies of certain regional players to regroup and that is extremely important," he said.

"We have to accept that Daesh and al-Nusra are not going to serve anybody as a political leverage. As soon as some of our regional neighbors understand this reality and abandon the illusion that they can take advantage of this in order to advance their political agenda - delusional as it may be - then we are moving towards a realization of the comprehensive cessation of hostilities and a ceasefire,” he added.

Zarif noted that Iran does not use diplomacy “to gain anything, but at the same time people cannot use diplomacy in order to provide a human shield for al-Nusra and Daesh working as a leverage."

Zarif warned that the adverse consequences of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East would affect Europe and the entire world.

Zarif also said Iran like many European countries faces a huge influx of refugees, adding, “Iran hosts some three million Afghans. Iran and Europe can have good cooperation in this regard.”

Zarif said Iran and the 28-nation bloc would expand relations in the near future.

“It seems that relations between Iran and member states of the European Union, particularly Belgium as the host country of the European Union meetings, will be increased in the near future,” the Iranian foreign minister added.

*Photo Credit: ISNA

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