No new trend in key ME states ties, says expert
New York, IRNA – Georgetown University Professor Shireen Hunter believes no new trend is discernable in the relationship between key Middle East countries, as the region is more intended towards gaps than towards coalitions.
Hunter, an expert on Middle East, said in an interview with IRNA on Tuesday that there was no sign of unlocking in Iran and Saudi Arabia ties, despite three rounds of talks held in Baghdad and if Iran has had any negotiations with Egypt, it would be in initial steps.
Stating that disagreements between Iran and Egypt aren’t easy to solve as Iran supports Khaled Islambuli, the killer of fore Egyptian President Anwar Sadaat, she opined that it’s soon to talk about serious dialog between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The international relations professor also predicted that there wouldn’t be any change in Middle East states in near future.
Hunter thinks that no imminent peace can be expected in the region because of deep-rooted competitions. She also underlined that she didn’t believe a new Middle East was underway and US exit from Afghanistan and Iraq didn’t mean that it wouldn’t intervene in the Middle East, but it will use ME oil as leverage against China.
Regional ties are affected by international conditions, she said, adding that if international issues remain unsolved, there would be no hope for rapprochement between Iran and regional states.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA