Stepping closer to Middle East peace

Stepping closer to Middle East peace

There is a new spirit of openness and communication between the West and Iran, providing hope that a deal can be concluded in the future on Iran’s nuclear situation. 

A round of substantive talks about Iran’s nuclear program involving the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany has been agreed and will take place in Geneva from October 15, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Dr. Hassan Rouhani indicated their wish to open direct negotiations while at the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York on September 26, 2013. 

 A meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the UN assembly was the highest-level meeting between the two countries for six years. U.S. and European leaders have noted what they describe as a "significant shift" in Iran's nuclear program position. 

 

The nuclear issues seem to be increasingly a source of hysteria in the West
Dr. Rouhani was more moderate in his wording than his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but stayed firm on the nuclear position. He confirmed as Iran has always stated that the nuclear program's principal target is not a bomb but civilian use. 

 GIS expert Charles Millon wrote a GIS report on July 16, 2013, “Iran – the West’s ally for peace in the Middle East,” in which he forecast that this significant step should be embraced. He stated: 

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 program, 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 the unstable Middle East and use that relationship to restore some sense of order to the region.
 

Ambassador Millon also observed that the nuclear issues seem to be increasingly a source of hysteria in the West and, therefore, a constant stumbling block to negotiations. 

 The West’s leaning more towards the Sunnis rather than the Shias was always a problem for Iran. An agreement with Iran could help advance peace in the region. 

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