Tehran Security Conference paving way for regional dialogs forum: Int'l analyst

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Tehran Security Conference can pave the way for the regional dialogs forum which was suggested by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said an international affairs analyst.

'At the very least, the scientific content and generated literature of the conference can be a foundation stone for the regional dialogs forum suggested by Iranian Foreign Minister,' said Behzad Ahmadi.

He said that the US and its allies are concerned that Iran is strong and secure, and use the fact as a pretext to spread Iranophobia in the region.

'The regional countries that are a member of the US bloc are in bad terms with Iran, so any element that strengthens Iran is repellent to them.' 

The Tehran Security Conference is a national-regional event which pursues the regional and global issues, he added, because it is under the name of Iran, it has a special weight and is the center of attention of the regional and extra-regional countries.

The Second Tehran Security Conference was held on January 18 attended by Iranian and foreign dignatories including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema, and former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

'A certain period of time should pass for the importance of the conference to be known and realized, then many regional and extra-regional countries will voluntarily participate in it.'

Explaining the policies of Iran was one of the goals of the conference that was successfully achieved, Ahmadi added.

'In the seminar that was held in Lebanon, the participants, especially the Arab elites who are exposed to the Iranophobia project, precisely understood the constructive policies of Iran.'

'In the seminar in Lebanon, the Arab elite showed great interest in the beginning of Arab-Iranian dialogs; the number of articles and participants in Teheran Second Security Conference increased. Tehran Conference took a more serious step in its second year and changed into an international forum.'

Ahmadi believed the facts that international media covered the event and more than 100 researchers, former and incumbent authorities of foreign affairs from 49 countries participated in the conference show that the conference has grown.

He also said that Saudi Arabia has always pressured regional countries not to enter the talks initiated by Iran, so that Tehran would not become a center for the presence of Arab statesmen and elite.

'Egyptians didn’t show any interest to take part either, and also didn’t let the Egyptian elite to take part in the conference. They think if the interactions take shape, their failed policies about Iran will surface more than before.'

'They think they can only negotiate with a weakened Iran, or they cannot reach what they desire and impose their ideas. Therefore, they don’t agree to negotiate with Iran and don’t let the talks take form in any frames,' he added.


*Source: IRNA