Posts tagged : "Hassan Rouhani"

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Iran Is Being Punished for Not Possessing Nuclear Weapons

Iran Is Being Punished for Not Possessing Nuclear Weapons

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The First International Conference on World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) held in Tehran on December 9-10 last year following the endorsement of President Hassan Rouhani’s proposal for the establishment of a global front against terrorism and extremism was a landmark event in the final days of 2014 in Tehran and brought together hundreds of government officials, diplomats, peace activists intellectuals, scholars and academicians from some 40 countries to the Iranian capital. The big international gathering underlined the leading role Iran has been playing in confronting terrorism and violence in the Middle East, especially following the rise of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria and...

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Islam and Christianity Are the Religions of Peace and Moderation

Islam and Christianity Are the Religions of Peace and Moderation

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The First International Conference on World Against Violence and Extremism (held on December 9-10, 2014) was an opportunity for hundreds of public figures, including politicians, diplomats, intellectuals, academicians, religious leaders and thinkers of more than 40 world countries to come to Tehran and discuss one of the most pressing and sensitive issue of the 21st century with each other: terrorism and extremism. The debate on violence and extremism has become more heated and controversial with the rise of the terrorist cult ISIS, which has established a self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, and harbors inauspicious plans for dominating larger parts of the Middle East and even...

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Iran is a victim of violence and extremism: Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

Iran is a victim of violence and extremism: Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The International Conference on World Against Violence and Extremism was held in Tehran from December 9-10 to honor the proposal put forward by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in his speech at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the exigency of forming a global coalition to fight the growth of extremism and radicalism across the globe. In his address to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, President Rouhani underlined the fact that the Middle East has been burning in the fire of extremism and violence for a long time as a result of the presence of forces that are not genuinely concerned about the wellbeing and tranquility of the people living in the region; forces...

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My interview with Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos

My interview with Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos was the 13th European Union chief diplomat to visit Iran following the election of Hassan Rouhani as the country’s president in June 2013. Venizelos, who also serves as the Greek deputy prime minister, conferred with high-ranking Iranian officials during his visit to Iran in March and reiterated his country’s interest in expanding economic, cultural, political, and technological relations with Iran and in helping to effect a complete normalization of ties between Iran and the EU if the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six major powers result in a final pact. In an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times, Venizelos said that Greece regards Iran...

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Interview with former Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas

Interview with former Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas

Kourosh Ziabari - Fair Observer: Lithuania is one of the smallest countries in Europe. A diverse nation in terms of its ethnic make-up, Lithuania has a population of around 2.9 million people. After two occupations by Soviet forces in June 1940 and July 1994, and a Nazi invasion in June 1941, Lithuania eventually declared independence in 1990 and joined the European Union (EU) in 2004. Lithuania does not make international headlines as often as its neighbors, but is strategically positioned as an eastern NATO member and is considered a free country by Freedom House. The country became a NATO member during the second post-Cold War round of enlargement in 2004, and has a thriving economy with plans to adopt the euro in early...

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Iran-U.S. mistrust makes the nuclear negotiations difficult

Iran-U.S. mistrust makes the nuclear negotiations difficult

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: As Iran and the group of six world powers are engaged in a marathon of intensive and breathtaking negotiations in the Austrian capital Vienna to find a solution for ending the decade-old controversy over Tehran's nuclear program, it becomes more important to ask the experts and scholars how a comprehensive agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) looks like and how the two sides of the dispute should approach the talks to obtain significant and substantive results. A prominent American nuclear expert believes that the coming to power of the moderate politician Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran and the subsequent recommencement of nuclear...

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My exclusive interview with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn

My exclusive interview with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: The new opportunities created by the coming to power of a new government in Tehran has instigated the European Union officials to think of ways for solving the nuclear controversy with Iran once for all, reconstructing the damaged bilateral and multilateral relations with the oil-rich country and returning to its lucrative market as permitted by the step-by-step removal of the economic sanctions. The Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn was the 9th EU foreign minister who traveled to Iran following the election of Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran in June 2013 elections. Jean Asselborn's trip to Iran earlier in June was the first trip by a high-ranking Luxembourg official to the country in...

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My exclusive interview with Rt. Hon. Jack Straw

My exclusive interview with Rt. Hon. Jack Straw

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Jack Straw is not an unknown or unfamiliar politician to the Iranians. When the current President of Iran Hassan Rouhani was the country’s lead nuclear negotiator with the EU3 (Britain, France and Germany) under President Mohammad Khatami, Jack Straw traveled to Iran several times as the British Foreign Secretary and conferred with him on a number of occasions. Straw is a veteran politician who has experienced working at the different administrative and law-making levels in the British politics. From 1987 to 1992, he was the Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science and for the next two years, he served as the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment. From May 1997 until June 2001, he...

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I Hope that Peace Will Be Established Between Iran and U.S.

I Hope that Peace Will Be Established Between Iran and U.S.

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Although Iran and the United States have not had close diplomatic relations for more than three decades, and despite the fact that the two countries have been at loggerheads over many grievances, academic and cultural exchanges have usually brought the two nations closer together and created opportunities for increased mutual understanding between the two peoples that in spite of their greatness and magnificence, have usually failed to take note of each other’s concerns and sensitivities. It’s possible to remove the acrimonies of the past in the Iran-U.S. relations through constructive and meaningful dialog and negotiations. Academicians, scholars, intellectuals and media people can play...

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My exclusive interview with former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino

My exclusive interview with former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: When Emma Bonino visited Iran in December 2013, she was the first European Union foreign minister who would travel to Iran in nearly one decade. Her trip was applauded by those who favored a peaceful settlement of the disputes between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program, and irked those, including the Israeli regime, who find their interests in the continuation of the conflict and animosity between Iran, the United States and the European Union. Following the resignation of the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, President Giorgio Napolitano named Matteo Renzi as the new Prime Minister in February 2014, and the cabinet was reshuffled. As a result, Emma Bonino is not the foreign minister...

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My exclusive interview with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt

My exclusive interview with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: The Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was one of the several high-ranking European officials, who traveled to Iran following the election of Hassan Rouhani as the Iranian President in June 2013. President Rouhani, considered as moderate politician, has promised to take up a conciliatory approach toward the international community with a strong determination to bring to an end the decade-long controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. President Rouhani’s platform of “prudence and hope” and his foreign policy agenda based on détente and rapprochement with the West was embraced by the United States and the European Union, and so far, seven foreign ministers of the European Union member...

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My interview with former IAEA Director General Hans Blix

My interview with former IAEA Director General Hans Blix

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: Although there are many hawkish politicians across the world who find a peaceful settlement of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program a blow to their interests, one can find many influential voices that have always advocated a viable diplomatic engagement with Iran with the aim of bringing to an end the decade-long nuclear controversy in a constructive manner. The former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Dr. Hans Blix is one of these people. As Iran and the six world powers approach the final stages of drafting a final agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program, Blix says that he understands the Iranian people’s desire for mastering the nuclear technology for peaceful...

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