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Mediation not needed in negotiations with US – only face-to-face meetings

Friday, 19 July 2013

In an interview with reformist website sahamnews, senior lecturer of political science and international relations, Dr. Nasser Hadian of Tehran University as well as senior researcher at the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Discernment Council, discusses the future of Iran’s foreign policy in the new government as one of the most important issues occupying public opinion. According to Dr. Hadian, Iran’s foreign policy contains certain principles to which every government must adhere, but every government has its own style and method of operation. One government, for example, stresses the importance of alleviating tensions. Another supports freedom of movement and yet another believes in justice and dialog between cultures. Principles such as “Neither East nor West,” however, are fixed. The Ahmadinejad government was unsuccessful in foreign policy. Threats against Iran increased, and Iran’s status declined. With regards to Iran-US relations, Dr. Hadian said that the relationship was extremely complicated. The US includes large, influential groups that have a vested interest in hostile relations. Anyone in the US who speaks about improving relations will pay a heavy price. The same holds true in Iran. If a Majlis representative discusses establishing relations with the US, he will pay a price, but if someone says anything negative about the US, not only will he not be punished, he will be rewarded. This issue, therefore, has become complex and one of the domestic policy issues for each country. Very powerful groups have formed that benefit from this situation. Gaining benefits from improved relations requires political desire among officials in both countries, which will be forced to go on this path despite the price to be paid in their country. He expressed hope that the heads of the two countries will conclude that the hostility does not serve the interests of either country. Iran has conflicts of interests in some areas and the disputes are not only at the slogan level or misunderstandings, but the relationship can unquestionably be improved. Tensions can be managed. A friendly relationship does not need to be established, but the relationship can be managed and the means of both countries can be used. The agenda of the new government must be the nuclear issue and relations with the US. These issues affect Iran’s economy and domestic affairs and must be resolved immediately. Later on, Dr. Hadian said that he opposed relations with the US being managed by intermediaries. We do not need intermediaries, but must sit face to face and talk.

 

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  • Published: 2 years ago on Friday, 19 July 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: July 19, 2013 @ 11:38 am
  • Filed Under: International
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    • http://sahamnews.org/1392/04/253475/

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