Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran and Britain will resume issuing visas for the two countries’ citizens “within the next few weeks.”
Although the two countries’ relations have seen many ups and downs following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, since 2003 and after the fall of the government of former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, and the rise of Iraqi Shias to power, a new phase of cold and proxy war has started in relations between the two countries. However, it seems that there are solutions through which tensions between the two countries can be managed and contained and regional crises can be resolved.
Italy and France were destinations for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first official trips following the removal of sanctions that had been imposed on Iran over its peaceful nuclear program. During these trips, Rouhani was accompanied with a 200-member delegation, which consisted of officials at the highest political and economic levels, which clearly indicated president’s approach to boosting economic relations with those countries and attracting foreign investment to Iran.
The set of small and medium companies that can work in Iran's oil and gas industry can have a collective influence as well as economic, technological and financial outcomes, which may be much more important for our country in comparison with the big companies.
Mohammad Shariati Dehaqan
In view of Saudi Arabia’s decision on international issues and its indignation with the United States’ policy in the region, Riyadh is doing its best to get closer to Russia in order to solve its problems. Saudi Arabia was certain that if Russia did not cooperate with it in the case of Yemen, a Security Council resolution in favor of its campaign would not be issued through a vote of abstention.
An analysis of the ongoing behavior of Saudi Arabia and the effects of Arab revolutions shows that the Middle East region will continue to witness further conflicts, and new forms of rivalry and change will be seen even in forthcoming years.
The second phase of Afghanistan peace talks, dubbed “Mary 2,” has been held in Islamabad and Kabul, capital cities of Pakistan and Afghanistan, respectively. Delegations from four countries, that is, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States followed up on the second phase of the negotiations under conditions that the Taliban group had set two main conditions for its serious engagement in the national reconciliation process.
During recent years, some sort of confidence building has started in relations between Iran and Russia, which has no precedent. Now, the question is what will happen in the future? I personally believe that relations between Iran and Russia will continue to expand. Under the present circumstances, common grounds between the two countries are more than differences.
One of the most important ways of fighting this current is for great ulema and thinkers of the Muslim world to enter the arena. If true nature of Takfiri thought is explained by Muslim ulema and baselessness of their beliefs is proven, Muslims will certainly listen to them and obey them and the flames of this blaze, which only benefit the enemies of religion and faith, will be put out.
Under conditions that Iran continues to emphasize the need to reduce tensions in bilateral relations, Saudi Arabia does not consider removal of tensions to be in its benefit and is trying to change the bilateral equation, at least, in several cases of dispute, including in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.