Iraqi Kurdistan Prime Minister recently visited Iran. He met with Iran’s top officials. The talks included a wide range of issues. The visit is important given serious internal and regional developments.
I always knew that bombing Libya and killing Gaddafi was a mistake. Dictators are here for a reason. Only they are capable, through their ruthless characters and their sledgehammer actions, to hold a country together.
As Shiites-inspired politics go through an uncertain phase- amid the mounting pressure on Iran, and Syria’s standoff continues despite a significant investment in diplomacy, through the conflicting stance of Turkey and Iran – Iraq’s sectarian tension has hit a high point as the steady accumulation of disputes among political partners explodes, unleashing an even bigger risk to the country’s already challenged unity.
Turkey is facing a difficult period with respect to ties with its triangle of neighbors: Iran, Syria and Iraq. Their current domestic situations and foreign policies are now endangering Turkey’s own domestic stability and foreign policy.
At the height of its glory, the Sassanid Empire of Persia stretched from the borders of Turkey in the west to the eastern periphery of Pakistan, encompassing the Caucasus, modern day Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.
Over the past decade, the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, Israel, and other leading nations fiercely expressed their deep concerns against the current Iranian nuclear program.
In the fall of 2004 I went twice to the Supreme Council for National Security in Tehran for long interviews with Hossein Mousavian, a senior negotiator in talks with Britain, France and Germany over Iran’s nuclear program.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently signaled in a statement that Turkey is willing to launch joint operations with Iran against Kurdish rebels, the Associated Press reported, but many analysts claim, and Wikileaks cables indicate, that Turkish-Iranian cooperation existed prior to 2011.