ID : N-1006 Date : 2018/01/08 - 15:52
(Persia Digest) – The 2nd Tehran Security Conference entitled “Regional Security in West Asia – Emerging Challenges and Trends” was held in Tehran today, 8 January 2018. This was attended by political and security officials and researchers from 49 countries.
High-ranking officials and dignitaries from Iran and abroad were present at the 2nd Tehran Security Conference, including FM Javad Zarif of Iran, Head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharazi, Hesam al-Din Ashna Head of the Presidential Strategic Studies and Adviser to the President of Iran, Ali Larijani Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly [Parliament] of Iran, Brigadier General Amir Hatami Minister of Defense of Iran, FM Yusuf bin Alawi of Oman, Jack Straw former UK Foreign Secretary, Deputy to FM of Tajikistan, Adviser to the President of Lebanon, and Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI).
Javad Zarif opened the Conference with a speech by stating that regional governments needed a confident dialogue, and continued by giving a detailed description of the proposal to create a regional dialogue forum in the Persian Gulf.
Kamal Kharazi also spoke at the Conference, and said: “The policy of the IR of Iran is to prevent the collapse of established governments and countries in the region. We are, of course, ready to talk with regional countries to reduce tensions and create greater stability and security.”
Hesam al-Din Ashna also spoke and said: “Iran has shown that it prefers diplomacy over military action in its dealings with other countries. Its priority is regional cooperation.” The Adviser to the President of Iran named a “stronger region” and “security networks” as the main two pillars of Iran’s regional doctrine.
Massimo D'Alema, former Italian Prime Minster, stated a lack of dialogue culture as the main obstacle to security in West Asia, and added: “Stability in the region requires a multilateral agreement that encompasses all the regional and international actors.”
Jack Straw, former UK Foreign Secretary, also stressed on the fact that diplomats must have security on Iranian soil, and added: “In order to establish security, diplomats must have physical safety. We have witnessed the opposite twice in Tehran.”
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Seyed Abbas Araghchi, responded by saying: "I also agree with this point. But, we will not forget that following the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, it was our embassy in London that was initially attacked and an Iranian diplomat killed.”
On Trump’s decision concerning the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement with world powers, he said: “The US may leave the agreement within the next few days. The international community must be prepared for such a move.”
Araghchi also spoke about relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and said: “We have always declared our readiness to talk with Saudi Arabia. But our requests have always been turned down by the Saudis, because they benefit from regional conflicts.”
As reported by Persia Digest, guests and representatives from Iran and other participating countries also gave their speeches at this Conference.