This is an opinion piece by Mehrdad Khonsari, a former Iranian diplomat. Euronews seeks to represent All Views but does not endorse any political position
An anticipated meeting between the Iranian Foreign Minister and his American counterpart – possibly the last before the advent of a new and probably more hostile US administration in Washington – in the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, offers Iran one last opportunity to prevent outstanding US-Iranian differences from detracting Iran’s plans for its economic rejuvenation and reintegration into the world economy.
Western reaction to continued economic uncertainties exacerbated by high levels of migration and terrorist attacks by radicalized Sunni Moslems, is showing signs of resembling the kind of negative narratives not witnessed since the 1920s. Those events ultimately eased the way for the election of anti-democratic and Fascist forces in places like Italy and Germany who subsequently drove the entire world to another catastrophic war.
Disassociating Iran from the dangers posed by the likes of ISIS and Al Qaeda, as well as other extremist Moslems imbedded in European and American communities, is an urgent priority for providing a correct understanding of Iran’s non-involvement in these affairs.
Just as in the case of the nuclear dispute, Iranian diplomacy can come to the rescue by ensuring that populist politicians do not poison the atmosphere against Iran and frustrate its efforts as it strives to play a positive role on the international scene while rebuilding its economy and reestablishing its economic ties with its traditional partners.
Radical elements in Iran – a mirror image perhaps of their counterparts in the West – consistently try to undermine and denigrate the Rouhani administration for its overall gullibility in face of a disingenuous 5+1 led by America. They contend that despite humiliating concessions by Iran in the nuclear deal, major barriers essential for improving the economy and the lot of the Iranian people have not been removed.
Concerned with the slow pace of progress impeding the economic reconstruction of the country, both Ayatollah Khamenei as well as President Rouhani have also been quite outspoken on this issue, with Khamenei having harshly accused the US of fraudulent conduct. Nonetheless, they both realize that going back to the pre-2015 situation is not a real option and cannot under any circumstance be construed as serving the interest of the Iranian people.