Iran Takes Spotlight with International Summit


Iran is a country that is often surrounded by controversy but this week the country is in the spotlight for diplomatic reasons as it is hosting a summit of 120 nonaligned nations.

While some may see the summit as a diplomatic success for the country, others believe it won’t last long. Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says that many of the countries that are part of the Nonaligned Movement have been cutting ties with Iran in order to remain on better terms with the United States. While they may show up to the summit, Sadjadpour says that it’s unlikely to swing anyone over to Tehran’s side.

This summit though proves that Tehran is trying to change its image in the world. Despite being viewed as simply the country that is in violation of the U.N. Security Council due to its nuclear programme, or as the U.S. paints it, an exporter of terrorism, Tehran is portraying itself as a victim of bullying.

Despite advice from Israel and the U.S., U.N. Security-General Ban Kim-moon decided to attend the event and promised to deliver a tough message and that he did. Ban expressed the international concerns over human rights and Iran’s nuclear program and said that the country needs to take concrete steps to address these concerns and prove to the world that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Sadjadpour is one of many who remain sceptical over the effects Ban’s effort may have though and says that it’s unlikely that anything said at the summit will have any impact on Iran’s foreign policy behaviour.

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