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Arab newspapers discussed the seriousness of Iran in its openness to dialogue with Saudi Arabia and the countries of the region.
Last month, the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Tehran is open to dialogue with Saudi Arabia, in case the latter avoids violence, neglect of regional security and cooperation with powers outside the region.
Qatar offered to be a mediator between the two countries to reach a reconciliation between them.
A group of writers defended Tehran’s right to dialogue and establish cooperation with Arab countries, especially since there are “strategic benefits for both sides” if they choose dialogue.
While some others warned that Iran’s welcoming of the dialogue is merely a “political maneuver to achieve political gains,” including sending a message to the new US administration that it is serious about solving the existing problems.
“Arabs are eager for dialogue”
Fateh Abdul Salam said in the London-based Iraqi newspaper Al-Zaman: “Iran is moving on three fronts: The first is the contacts seeking to open a direct dialogue that leads to negotiations between it and Saudi Arabia to resolve several files in the region, including the intervention of foreign forces from outside the countries of the two opposite coasts of the Gulf, and the settlement of the Yemen war in a political consensus.” And reduce the sharpness of its tools in Iraq and Lebanon in dealing with Riyadh. “
Abdel Salam continues: “The second front is pushing for Europe to play the role of the mediator and guarantor for the American administration to lift sanctions on Iran and return to the nuclear agreement, as if Trump’s four-year period did not exist, and this is an option for Europeans seeking to expand their investments after the economic setbacks.” That struck them. “
The writer explains that despite Iran’s move on the first two fronts, “the third front is about parades of challenge by testing ballistic missiles, a satellite missile, and drones with military maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz and the coasts of Washington’s allies, in double messages that are understood by capitals in the Gulf and Washington may ignore them for a period of time.” Time, while the Israeli pressure still exists. “
Nasser Zaidan said in the Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar, “The Arabs are eager for a dialogue with Iran, and this dialogue has strategic benefits for the two parties and for Muslims in general, but it seems that the objective conditions are not prepared for the launch of this dialogue, because the area of disagreement is very wide.”
Zaidan went on to say that “it is not true that the issue is confined to the nuclear file and in the foreign alliances that the Gulf states are weaving … and for any dialogue to succeed, Iran, in their opinion, must reconsider the majority of its aggressive and expansionist strategy, the most important of which is to stop expanding terrorist groups that operate in the squares.” Arab countries, with money and weapons, and respect for the rules of international law that impose sovereign dealings between countries. “
The writer believes that “Iran has the right to demand dialogue and the best cooperative relations with neighboring Arab countries, and these countries have a duty to respect Iranian privacy in terms of neighborhood and in terms of Islamic rapprochement. But the Iranian chaos took the situation far away, and the equation became elsewhere, and there is no difference for the majority of Arabs.” Between the injustice of the Israeli occupation and an Iranian occupation that contributed to the destruction of Arab constituencies and bankruptcy of entire countries, while Iran protects its borders and interests through missile platforms on Arab lands.
“Iran is changing for the worse”
As for Tariq Al-Hamid, he says in the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat that Washington must realize “today that Iran, which it intends to deal with, is not a country keen on stability and defusing crises in the region. Iran is not, for example, keen to participate in investment conferences in Riyadh or Neom,” Rather, it is eager to sabotage. “
The writer continues: “Iran does not want to deepen communication between the people of the region, but rather to stir up sectarian strife. Iran does not want investors, specialists, researchers and artists to come to us from Iraq, Lebanon, and even Iran, but rather wants to send terrorists and bomb experts.”
The writer concludes, saying: “So Iran today is not the Iran of yesterday, but rather it is more extreme, and this is not to say that Iran was better, but to say that it is worse, and that Iran cannot be tolerated every four years like this, so long as Iran changes for the worse, it must be That the rules for dealing with it change and be more stringent. “
Likewise, Hadi al-Yami said in the Saudi newspaper, Al-Watan, that “It was hardly a few days ago that the Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, accused Iran of not being serious about seeking negotiations with the Gulf states, maneuvering and trying to buy time, until the Iranian regime proved these accusations He must have a statement of action, with the missile launched by the terrorist Houthi militia on the capital, Riyadh … Everyone knows that the Houthis are just an agent of the Tehran regime. “
The writer affirms that “the cheering with which the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif met the call by Qatar for a dialogue between Tehran and the Gulf states was nothing more than a political maneuver to achieve political gains, especially since it came at a time when a new administration took over the reins of power in the United States, as if Tehran wants to send a message to the new American president, Joe Biden, that it is open to dialogue and is serious about solving the existing problems. “
The author prefers that “a lot of evidence confirms that the regime in Iran suffers, among its many problems, from the multiplicity of decision-making centers and the lack of a unified political reference. While President Rouhani and his Foreign Minister Zarif pretend to reject the escalation at the present time, the Revolutionary Guard leadership is controlling the rudder It stands a different position, and calls for adhering to the stated positions. “