Iran has great internal strength to face challenges: Pak ex-envoy to IAEA

Islamabad, Jan 30, IRNA -- Former Pakistani envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Islamic Republic of Iran has great internal strength to face all kinds of challenges.

In an interview with IRNA, Ali Sarwar Naqvi, also Executive Director of the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) said the Islamic Revolution has run its course and now reached to its 40th year which is extremely beneficial for the people of Iran.

“I think the Islamic Revolution was one of the great events of this region and augured well for the people of Iran as well for all the neighboring countries because this was a true democracy that provided the new system, a new way of life for the people of Iran,” said the analyst.

“We hope that the gains of the Revolution will be further consolidated and I think the people will benefit from the betterment that it will bring for them,” said the former ambassador.

The expert said Iran has shown a great resilience and has faced all the challenges that have come in its way. He went on to say that the international community has not been very fair to the Islamic government in Iran because they caught up in the geo politics of the region and there are many considerations which determined the political stance of the western countries.

“I was myself present in Vienna as ambassador of Pakistan at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Iranian peaceful nuclear program came under discussion and then it led to the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 which went through a very long process of negotiations for about 12-13 years and finally the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was adopted,” he said.

Ali Sarwar Naqvi added that whole exercise shown that Iran has great internal strength to face challenges adding that Iran’s peaceful nuclear program was under attack and the international community did not want Iran to continue its peaceful nuclear activities.

The former ambassador was of the view that Iran has a right to develop peaceful nuclear energy under the statute of the IAEA.

“Now the Americans are trying to overturn that successful agreement but the Europeans are not supporting them and I think some kind of interaction between Europe and Iran will continue and Iran will be able to continue with its peaceful nuclear program in future also,” said the analyst.
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