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PIR Center's experts discussed the foreign policy of Tehran with Iranian experts

04.03.2016

MOSCOW, MARCH 4, 2016. PIR PRESS – “Every parliament has its own characteristics and they differ from one another, but when it comes to key foreign policy issues in Iran, continuity is the most appropriate word to use. The new parliament will create opportunities because newly elected officials in general bring new opportunities, but Iran will continue to pursue the policies that are in place at the moment. Iranian citizens feel quite satisfied with the foreign policy of the country, especially with the regional policy that is working quite effectively”, – Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Professor, University of Tehran.

On February 27, 2016, Albert Zulkharneev, Director of the PIR Center, Andrey Baklitskiy, Director of the “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” program, and Adlan Margoev, PIR Center consultant, held a meeting with Iranian experts. Kayhan Barzegar, Director of the Institute of Middle East Strategic Studies and member of the PIR Center Advisory Board, Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran, and Hamid Zanganeh, Counselor at the Embassy of Iran to the Russian Federation, represented Iran in the discussion.  

In the course of the meeting, a broad range of issues was discussed, including Russian-Iranian relations, regional security, the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program, the prospects for the creation of the Middle East weapons of mass destruction-free zone, and cybersecurity.

The participants also focused on the results of the elections for the Iranian Parliament and the Assembly of Experts held on February 26, 2016. According to Seyed Mohammad Marandi, “every parliament has its own characteristics and they differ from one another, but when it comes to key foreign policy issues in Iran, continuity is the most appropriate word to use. The new parliament will create opportunities because newly elected officials in general bring new opportunities, but Iran will continue to pursue the policies that are in place at the moment. Iranian citizens feel quite satisfied with the foreign policy of the country, especially with the regional policy that is working quite effectively.”

In the framework of its program “The Iranian nuclear program: Russia’s interests”, the PIR Center closely monitors the foreign policy of Tehran.

In his article “The Iranian nuclear deal: tightrope walk without a safety net” (in Russian) for the Security Index journal, program director Andrey Baklitskiy noted that “the support of coming convocations of the Majlis will be crucial for the next phase of the JCPOA following Transition Day. The agreement stipulates that from the Transition Day onwards, Iran ‘will strive, in accordance with the constitutionally fixed distribution of authority between President and parliament, to ratify the Additional Protocol.” As this citation demonstrates, the ratification of the protocol by the Iranian parliament is not required for the implementation of the JCPOA. Nevertheless, the ratification could become an important symbol of the durability of the agreement and the commitment of Iran to the peaceful nature of its nuclear program in the long term.”

The PIR Center blog entry “The Iranian nuclear program: The New Normal,” (in Russian), posted by Andrey Baklitskiy on March 1, is devoted to the first report of the IAEA Director General on the compliance of Iran with its obligations under UN Security Council resolution 2231.

For questions regarding the PIR Center program “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation”, please contact program director Andrey Baklitskiy via phone at +7 (495) 987 19 15 or via email at baklitsky at pircenter.org.

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