Iran - the West’s ally for peace in the Middle East

Negotiations with Iran and its president-elect Hassan Rouhani may move the Middle East towards peace (photo:dpa)
Negotiations with Iran and its president-elect Hassan Rouhani may move the Middle East towards peace (photo:dpa)

Europe and the United States have an opportunity to open constructive talks with Iran as an ally for peace in the Middle East as its new ‘moderate’ leader, Hassan Rouhani, prepares to take over the presidency of the Islamic Republic. Despite rounds of sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme which have crushed the country’s economy, its regional influence has nonetheless grown rather than shrunk. This could be a time to view Iran as a stable country in an unstable Middle East and use that relationship to restore some sense of order to the region.

<i>The surprise election of Iran’s new president is an opportunity for European nations to revise, and possibly reverse, its diplomatic...

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