The speaker of Iran's parliament says Tehran’s resistance during nuclear talks left no way for Washington but to accept Iran’s legitimate demands.
Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour
Dr. Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour, Iran's former ambassador to the United Nations Office at Geneva has taken part in an interview with Khabaronline news website to answer various questions on the effects of the recent nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Iran's regional relations in the Middle East, and the outlook of Tehran’s ties with Washington. What follows is recapitulation of the salient points of the interview as prepared by Iran Review website.
“Looking to the East” is supported by a strategic logic as well, and for this reason, it is considered an attractive and balancing strategy with respect to Iran's relations with the West. Based on this view, Iran cannot complete its foreign relations without due care for its geographical position, such as being located in Eurasia supercontinent and its proximity to the Indian Ocean.
Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program have finally reached a successful conclusion and if all sides proceed with the full implementation of the deal, it would create an opening to pursue closer relations between our countries. We already are building on an important track record — the interim nuclear agreement, which came into effect in January 2014, has proven to be a success. All of the parties involved have implemented the agreement to the letter and that have helped to build some confidence. We need to maintain the momentum of such steps.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
From Iraq to Syria to Yemen, to the deadlocked Middle East peace process, to Afghanistan, and so on, there are numerous issues on the US-Iran boilerplate that need urgent attention, and much like the past bilateral US-Iran dialogue on Iraq's security, a similar dialogue on Afghanistan is necessary, one that takes into consideration the lessons drawn from the past history, e.g., avoiding the Bush administration's "axis of evil" wrong turn.
Obviously, the issue of Afghanistan is a good case for the analysis of Tehran-Washington relations following the nuclear deal and the removal of sanctions. It is also a good case for increasing bilateral cooperation, at least, to defuse common threats especially with regard to fighting violence and extremism, which is not as complicated as other crises in the Middle East, and in which the role of disturbing factors is less prominent.
After the election of the new Iranian president in July 2012 and coming of President Hassan Rouhani's administration to office, both London and Tehran made up their minds to review their relations and the way they interacted, and to find a new solution for the resumption of bilateral, regional and international relations. The presence of the British foreign secretary in Tehran indicates seriousness of London for repairing the past relations between the two countries.
The main point in the diplomatic discourse pursued by Iran is that reaching an agreement with international community, on the one hand, and starting strategic talks with Arab countries, on the other hand, should by no means be considered as a sign of Iran's decision to go back on the policy of supporting its allies in the resistance axis.
Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi
It seems that due to gradual strengthening of the European identity aspect of Turkey and the resultant invigoration of norms that are related to this identity aspect, it is possible for more rigid interpretations of the Islamic Sunni identity aspect of the country to lose force, thus, allowing liberal and Islamic currents to establish closer ties as a result of which liberal groups and parties would be able to play a more effective role in Turkey’s foreign policymaking process.
Following negotiations with the P5+1 group, Tehran is trying to start new talks with regional states. An early sign of this effort has been Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s periodical trips to various regional countries to muster support for the fight against terrorism and encourage unification of efforts aimed at this purpose as Tehran’s main priority. Therefore, while Tehran has already started on the course to become a regional power, it is concurrently trying to convince its neighbors not to be concerned about Iran. Of course, this does not mean that Iran will not face any resistance in this regard.