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Iran and Egypt in the Middle East Maelstrom

26.10.2012

Soltanieh.pngMOSCOW, NOVEMBER 1, 2012. - “Iran has great potential in the region because of very close relations with people of the Middle East. And we have announced that we are fully prepared to be helpful for the solution of the problems in the Middle East. We proved – this is part of history – that we could be very helpful when we all faced the problem of terrorism in Afghanistan. And everybody knows that while Iran was very helpful in that respect, instead of appreciating this, the Bush administration included Iran into the “Axis of Evil”. This kind of mentality shows that they do not care about what the countries are contributing, they just want influence. They occupied Iraq with the false pretext of the WMD and it is shameful that now they want this situation to be repeated”, - Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna.

On October 4th, 2012, on the margins of the PIR Center’s international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”, the Autumn meeting of the Trialogue Club International on “Assessing Changes in the Middle East: View from the Region” took place. Members of the Club were addressed by Ambassador Mohamed Shaker, Chairman of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna.

Shaker.JPGIn his speech Ambassador Shaker reviewed current developments in the Middle East: “I came from a region, which is witnessing and experiencing multiple revolutions and rapid changes. We are used to call this region “the Arab World”, we sometimes call it “the Middle East” or “the Greater Middle East” – today, with these revolutions, it could be named “the Arab-Islamist World”. As far as Egypt is concerned, we are in the middle of the democratic process, very intensive democratic process. We have a new president elected in tough competition, but we do not have a constitution or a parliament yet. Nevertheless, we had a parliament after we had elections few months ago, but it was found by the Constitutional Court that it was unconstitutional parliament, it was not rightly elected and the Parliament was dissolved. Now I am sure, there will be new elections, new constitution and I hope we will have a new parliament, maybe by the beginning of the next year. But today many things are dependent on how this new regime in Egypt will succeed in dealing with all the issues which Egypt has to solve”.

Speaking about the role and place of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Middle East, Ambassador Soltanieh expressed the opinion that “Iran has great potential in the region because of very close relations with people of the Middle East. And we have announced that we are fully prepared to be helpful for the solution of the problems in the Middle East. We proved – this is part of history – that we could be very helpful when we all faced the problem of terrorism in Afghanistan. And everybody knows that while Iran was very helpful in that respect, instead of appreciating this, the Bush administration included Iran into the “Axis of Evil”. This kind of mentality shows that they do not care about what the countries are contributing, they just want influence. They occupied Iraq with the false pretext of the WMD and it is shameful that now they want this situation to be repeated”.

Besides that, members of the Club had an opportunity to ask their questions at both speakers during the Q&A session.

In case you are interested in becoming a member of the Trialogue Club International, please, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Alexander Kolbin at phone +7 495 987-19-15, +7 985 764-98-96 (cell) or at email: trialogue at pircenter.org

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