Iran sees greater Cyprus role in the re­gion

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

The bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Iran and Cyprus over the past decades have been of pos­i­tive na­ture, and en­joy an ex­pand­ing trend even though this mood has slightly suf­fered from un­just and un­fair sanc­tions on the Ira­nian peo­ple.

How­ever, de­spite these pres­sures, the two coun­tries have main­tained a good level of re­la­tions, ex­press­ing their in­ter­est in the pro­mo­tion of co­op­er­a­tion. Sign­ing agree­ments dur­ing the last year is a vivid il­lus­tra­tion on the de­ter­mi­na­tion of both sides to pro­vide a con­duc­tive ground for ex­pan­sion of co­op­er­a­tion. With the new po­lit­i­cal and in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tive, we be­lieve that ev­ery­thing is ready to boost the re­la­tion be­tween two coun­tries.

Re­gard­ing the role that Cyprus can play in the Mid­dle East, we be­lieve that all neigh­bour­ing coun­tries are de­ter­mi­nants of the fu­ture of this re­gion, and any progress on this do­main will re­flect its ef­fect onto all the sur­round­ing coun­tries. Cyprus as a mem­ber state of the EU is well lo­cated to play a cru­cially valu­able role in main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity of the eastern Mediter­ranean and the wider Mid­dle East.

ISIS is ac­tu­ally a sym­bol of ex­trem­ism and bar­bar­ian­ism that has noth­ing to do with any re­li­gion, race, eth­nic or ge­og­ra­phy. The crimes and atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by ISIS can­not be jus­ti­fied by any re­li­gious teach­ing. Should all coun­tries ex­press their dis­gust to­wards ex­trem­ism and ex­trem­ists by their deeds rather than words, this phe­nom­e­non and its el­e­ments will be dis­missed.

The fight against ex­trem­ism is a glob­ally uni­fy­ing chal­lenge which calls for all coun­tries’ par­tic­i­pa­tion. From the be­gin­ning, Iran has time and again re­nounced any form of ex­trem­ism, and it’s well known that Iran was the only coun­try that helped the Iraqi gov­ern­ment to de­fend Bagh­dad against ISIS.

To our re­gret, there are coun­tries with vested in­ter­est in chaos and ten­sion in the Mid­dle East that have mo­bilised all their fi­nan­cial and spir­i­tual pos­si­bil­i­ties to help brew and cre­ate ex­trem­ist groups help­ing with the es­tab­lish­ment of such groups in the re­gions of in­ter­est.

The Cyprus is­sue and help­ing to­ward a so­lu­tion has al­ways been a mat­ter of at­ten­tion for Iran. The sad di­vi­sion of the is­land has cost Cypri­ots from both com­mu­ni­ties not only the peace, but also the pros­per­ity of at least two gen­er­a­tions.

As a friendly coun­try to Cyprus, we are closely mon­i­tor­ing the re­sump­tion of the ne­go­ti­a­tions. The re­sults-ori­ented ap­proach and de­ter­mi­na­tion on both sides are promis­ing signs and a mat­ter of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. The will and ded­i­ca­tion of lead­ers of both com­mu­ni­ties to reach a durable agree­ment is un­prece­dented and we ad­mire such ef­forts.

Deal­ing with such an old is­sue, per­haps in­ter­de­pen­dent with the new di­men­sions, the ne­go­ti­at­ing par­ties are quite nat­u­rally fac­ing a num­ber of tech­ni­cal prob­lems that should be re­viewed metic­u­lously to find­ing a suit­able so­lu­tion for each one of them.

But with such ded­i­ca­tion, we wish to be­lieve that the fi­nal so­lu­tion is achiev­able. The of­fi­cial po­si­tion of Iran is clear, keep­ing close re­la­tions with both the Turk­ish and Greek com­mu­ni­ties, and us­ing these re­la­tions to con­trib­ute to­wards reach­ing a sus­tain­able and mu­tu­ally agreed so­lu­tion to­wards peace and pros­per­ity for all Cypri­ots in a uni­fied Cyprus.

Dis­cov­er­ing new energy re­sources in Cyprus can def­i­nitely con­trib­ute to the prospec­tive of hope and pros­per­ity of this coun­try more than ever.

The Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Iran, with great ex­pe­ri­ences in the field of ex­plo­ration, drilling, and re­fin­ing of oil and gas, and also train­ing spe­cial­ists in these fields can help Cyprus as a re­li­able part­ner.

Dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary visit of Min­is­ter Lakkotrypis to Tehran, good ne­go­ti­a­tions were held be­tween the of­fi­cials of both coun­tries, and I do hope we will be able to start our co­op­er­a­tion in this field.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Cyprus

© PressReader. All rights reserved.