Will Europe use the opportunity given by Iran?

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Tehran has been hosting several European delegations for the past days. The visit of the Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, the Belgian economic officials and the French parliamentary contingent to Tehran were among these trips.

These commutations have increased in recent weeks indicating a new page that can be an opportunity for expansion of ties within the framework of mutual interests. Evidences show that as the views are coming closer to reach a final conclusion, the ground is being set for economic interactions between the Islamic Republic and the European countries.


Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs said that Iran welcomes expansion of relations with all countries but this should be based on mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.


The Iranian diplomat stressed that the issue has been underlined during the sessions with the visiting delegations. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also written in his Twitter page that the world powers should make use of the opportunity created in the nuclear talks by President Hassan Rouhani. Zarif emphasized that Rouhani has proposed an opportunity that shouldn't be lost and recommended the European parties to use the current strategic opportunity for boosting ties with Iran.


A practical and realistic review proves that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a sure and trustable economic partner for Europeans. Iran's unique status in maintaining energy security in the international arena is one of the factors that have created an exceptional opportunity for the European states to have good relations in different fields with the Islamic Republic. But the EU has sometimes conducted unstably. Evidence shows that the EU is bewildered in respect to the Geneva deal. For sure, this bewilderment is not to the interest of the EU. The EU perplexity and lack of stability can be clearly seen in its being impacted by the extremist groups and Zionist lobbies in the US and Europe which stymie the path of implementation of the Geneva accord. This comes while the European Union has time and again declared that it is ready to take necessary steps including lifting of illegal sanctions.


The six countries (3 European countries +Russia, China and the US) have been committed to avoid imposition of any new sanctions during the entire period of implementation of the different phases of the accord. The Geneva agreement is indeed a document based on the obligation of all parties to build trust and reduce tensions in a bid to reach a final accord on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities. Now it seems that the EU has come to the conclusion that the policy of stick and carrot is not viable and won't help the talks go forward.


At any rate, the definite view of the Iranian officials is that if the other party has good will the final agreement is at hand. This is an attainable goal provided that the European parties make best use of the opportunity put forward by the Islamic Republic of Iran.


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