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MP: FM Dawdles on Monitoring Middle East Developments

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TEHRAN, April 24 (ICANA) – Mahdi Sanaei, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis (Parliament) in an interview comments on the ongoing developments in the Middle East region and the performance of Iran's Foreign Ministry under Ali Akbar Salehi.
Sunday, April 24, 2011 8:09:11 PM
MP: FM Dawdles on Monitoring Middle East Developments

Earlier at an open session of the parliament, Sanaei had referred to the fact that several countries in the Middle East and North Africa are in a transitional stage and the uprisings in those countries will be possibly extended to our neighboring countries. He said Iran's diplomatic machine is so much expected to decide and take stance on such developments. 

The following is the text of the interview khabaronline has conducted with the senior lawmaker.

Q: What's your analysis of the Islamic Republic of Iranian Foreign Ministry's response to the ongoing developments in the region? On one hand some believe that the ministry's reaction to the uprisings in the Middle East has been sluggish. On the other, some opine that the extent of such developments has been wide-ranging and the top diplomatic organization can't be accused of slackness, what's your view?

A: Obviously the entire events underway in the region of the Middle East and North Africa are in line with a more significant role people are playing there and of course the new Islamic awakening. However different hypotheses have been introduced on the reasons, key factors and main motives behind these popular movements. But even in the worst situation, such developments will lead to people's ability for taking a more seminal part in the region and consequently the policies dictated by the West powers particularly by the United States to the governments of the region cannot be followed anymore.

We should notice that currently our attention is mostly focused on the reasons and factors behind such uprisings; we seek to know whether these revolts are spontaneous and self-motivated or are based on a scenario written somewhere else. But in the contemporary world paying attention to the reasons and factors and spending so much time on finding the roots would not be helpful. The key point is guiding and leading the process of events.

Therefore it's quite possible that the flame of a movement is ignited by an event, but later the important thing is to manage the movement and that's the real issue we should focus on. In the meetings the national security and foreign policy commission of the Majlis held with the Foreign Ministry, we found out that the related organizations are closely watching the developments of the region and it is remarkable.

But we must bear two points in mind: first our responses to the process of the aforementioned developments are delayed. One of the main features of international relations system is its fluidity which emerged after the era of bipolar world came to an end. Moreover, one of the key rules of diplomatic games is well-timed reaction to political events. The importance of such rule in contemporary times has become doubled, since the international relations system is a fluid system influenced by several variables, not simply a static framework.

Q: You mean that the tactics on the diplomatic scene are so changeable throughout the world? 

A: Yes even the strategies are so variable. In the past simply the tactics were changing but currently even the strategies are quickly revised. Currently a feature of international relations system is the revisions the influential countries, the major players of international scene make to their strategies. In this regard the notable point on the foreign policy is that we should reach to a common ground on the developments in our region and avoid spending so much time on the reasons and main factors which caused such developments.


Q: Presuming that a new Middle East is to be established, on what indexes our foreign policy organization should base its strategies? 

A: Foreign policy strategy of a country is formulated based on international conditions. When the players, rules and generally the situation of international relations are rapidly changing, we should analyze such situation. As a matter of fact, we must actively inspect our strategies. Here I don't refer to the goals outlined in foreign policy, because the goals have been already defined as in our country is based on an outlined prospect which its principal are not prone to change. But the strategy is delineated based on the circumstances, rules and the position of the players of international relations scene. Obviously when they change, they strategies should be immediately revised as well.

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