Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Strategic Council for Foreign Relations heralds new day

TEHRAN, June 27

"nuclear iran" -- The establishment of the Strategic Council for Foreign Relations by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei marked a turning point in Iran’s foreign policy which can open new horizons to Tehran’s relations with other countries.
In the modern world, the establishment of consultative bodies to use the experiences of skilled veteran figures shows the intention of a political system to promote cooperation with others based on mutual interests.

At a historic juncture where Iran seeks an active and dynamic diplomacy, the establishment of such a council seems very important.

Undoubtedly, the presence of experts on the council, who are abreast of local and international developments with no party biases and who have a comprehensive view of developments, heralds a new day for efforts to establish world peace and international security.

MPs, political figures upbeat on Strategic Council for Foreign Relations

The Supreme Leader issued a decree on Sunday establishing the Strategic Council for Foreign Relations and appointed former foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi as its chairman. Kharrazi served as foreign minister for eight years in the government of Mohammad Khatami.

The Mehr News Agency spoke to some MPs and political figures on Tuesday to learn their views on the matter.

MP Elyas Naderan of the Majlis Energy Committee said that the Strategic Council for Foreign Relations will definitely promote the level of Iran’s international relations.

“We needed experienced people to consult executive branch officials on foreign relations,” he added.

This council can assist the Foreign Ministry and the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) in dealing with the nuclear standoff with the West, he noted.

Former vice-president Mohammad-Ali Abtahi said that the appointment of Dr. Kharrazi as the head of the council was in line with the continuation of Iran’s policy of detente.

“The establishment of this council will guarantee the stability of Iran’s foreign policy,” he added.

MP Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said that viewing issues from a strategic point of view will help expand foreign relations.

The experiences of the people who sit on this council range from six to sixteen years, which means they will definitely maintain cohesion in Iran’s foreign policy, noted Falahatpisheh, who sits on the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.

Former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, former defense minister Ali Shamkhani, former commerce minister Mohammad Shariatmadari, and Mohammad-Hossein Taromi were appointed by the Leader to serve on the council for five-year terms.

As Tehran is under great pressure at this point in time, this council can turn the threats into opportunities through its strategic approaches, MP Mohammad Khoshchehreh said.

Parliamentarian Hamid-Reza Hajbabaii called the knowledge and experiences of the members of the council its most important factors.

“The Strategic Council for Foreign Relations can inform the Supreme Leader of global issues after analyzing them free of executive branch responsibilities,” the top lawmaker opined.

The establishment of this council will guarantee the soundness and depth of Iran’s diplomatic decisions, he stated.

Former interior minister Abdolvahed Musavi Lari said that the council will organize all the country’s diplomatic affairs, strengthening Tehran’s relations with other countries.



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