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Iran under a new president

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In this edition of U talk, John from Bristol, UK writes to ask: “As the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, prepares to take office how do you see relations developing between the Islamic Republic, Europe, and the wider international community?”

John’s question is answered by Dr. Pascal Boniface, founding Director of the Institute for International and Strategic Relations (IRIS).

“Most importantly, we’re expecting an improvement in relations with the western world. Relations have been very tense, with the US on one side and Europe on the other. Europe was even more critical about Iranian government actions.

“Iraninan voters chose the best of a bad bunch. The choice was limited because candidates needed approval from the supreme leader. Iranian voters chose the one most open to political reform, however the results remain to be seen. The new Iranian president appears willing to open up to the West.

“For now, each partner has its own major issue: for Iran, it’s about lifting international sanctions, ending the embargo and easing trade barriers. For Europe, it’s the Iranian nuclear issue.

“So, let’s hope that Europeans, Iranians and Americans will seize the opportunity to negotiate a solution.”

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