Jan 29, 2014, 5:41 PM
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Iran's return to gathering of world powers

Kuala Lumpur – IRNA - A foreign affairs and economic analyst in the Philippines said that President Hassan Rouhani’s speech was among the most celebrated and anticipated presentations in Davos in years, and it marked the return of an Iranian leader to the gathering of the world’s most influential figures after years of hiatus.

Richard Javad Heydarian in an interview with IRNA on Wednesday said that many participants, mostly business executives, were impressed by his presentation concerning Tehran’s expressed commitment to reset its relations with the West.

He added: much of the global elite is pinning hopes on a new relationship with Iran, given the country’s influence in the Middle East, its sizeable market, its highly educated population, and its massive reserves of oil and gas.

This lecturer at Ateneo De Manila University stated as President Rouhani correctly observed, Iran has the potential to become one of the world’s leading emerging markets in the next decades. But of course, this will require a significant reconfiguration in Iran-West relations. And this reminds us of the importance of the recently-signed interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers (P5+1).

This policy advisor mentioned that the hope of much of the global elite as well as the international community is the eventual conclusion of a final nuclear accord, which will simultaneously deepen confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and remove punitive sanctions on the Iranian economy.

Heydarian said President Rouhani’s trip to Davos, and his subsequent conciliatory speech at the event, was an unequivocal expression of Tehran’s commitment to seek a comprehensive resolution of the nuclear issue.

He emphasized that while it is too early to speak of an influx of large-scale investments to Iran, since the bulk of financial and hydrocarbon sanctions against Iran are still in place, Rouhani’s trip helped to sustain the positive momentum generated by increasingly normalized diplomatic exchanges between Iran and Western powers.

This lecturer stated, "I think Rouhani also tried to make it very clear that Iran’s diplomatic charm-offensive isn’t tantamount to abandoning Iran’s rights to a peaceful nuclear program, including the right to enrich uranium on its own soil."

He said in short, the president believes improved relations between Iran and the West could be achieved by a mutually satisfactory compromise that doesn’t require the relinquishing of Iran’s fundamental nuclear rights.

According to this analyst, the Rouhani administration’s diplomatic efforts have been laudable, and a systematic normalization of Iran-West ties will require more sustained diplomatic efforts and a more comprehensive dialogue between Iranian leaders and their Western counterparts beyond the nuclear negotiations per se.

He added Iran’s significance to the world is certainly beyond its nuclear program. Above all, Rouhani’s diplomatic charm offensive is about ensuring Iran attains recognition of its status in the international community as an important regional power and a promising emerging economy. This is about helping the world to see the bigger picture as far as Iran and its potentials are concerned, and not exclusively confined to the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.