Why it is critical Europe widens its dialogue with Iran

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast warns of the impact of EU sanctions (photo: dpa)
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast warns of the impact of EU sanctions (photo: dpa)

Many analysts see the West as overly focussed on Iran’s nuclear programme, its regional ambitions, its hostility to Israel and the fact it is governed by a mullah regime. Western concerns are valid. But these concerns fail to acknowledge Iran as a nation geopolitically too important to be reduced to these points alone. Iran has a significant influence on the world economy – and it is critical to Europe’s energy interests to widen the dialogue with the Islamic Republic.

WHAT is known about political Iran? It has nuclear ambitions incompatible with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is a country governed by a mullah regime which violates the West’s human rights standards, it express...

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