This is our region, this is our home
Tehran� The landmark role played by Iran in addressing regional issues over the past decades has been changing the regional balance of power and the new reality is now challenging the conventional view that the West is the sole substantial force behind regional and global developments.
Now, nations, especially in the region, are increasingly becoming aware of the reality that looking forward plays a due role in deciding their own fate and addressing their issues.
But, surprisingly, despite awareness towards the new reality and the tendency among nations to play their own roles, there are governments in the region still thinking that their security could only be guaranteed by outside powers and not through engagements of the regional countries.
'That people believe they can buy security from outside, rather than engaging with neighbors in order to gain security from them,' Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently told the third edition of the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) in the Italian capital Rome on Friday.
Zarif said the approach adopted by these countries is the consequence of a 'cognitive disorder in our region.'
Iran's top diplomat said that the countries in the region can 'help each other to secure this place'.
'It is in our interest, it is in everybody's interest to work together to secure this place,' Zarif said.
He went on to reiterate that despite attempts by some parties trying to accuse Iran of causing turmoil in the region, the country has spared no efforts to address regional crises and promote peace.
Two weeks after the start of the campaign of the Yemen bombardments, Iran proposed a four-point ceasefire plan for the country, the Iranian Foreign Minister said.
'We called for an immediate ceasefire, urgent humanitarian assistance, intra-Yemeni dialogue and an inclusive Yemeni government, Zarif said.
'But the Saudis have rejected every single ceasefire effort in Yemen,' he added.
'We did the same in Syria,' he said, repudiating comments about Iran's alleged meddlesome activities in the region.
Referring to the Astana process, initiated by Iran, Russia and Turkey to bring to an end terrorism in Syria and to establish sustainable peace in the country, Zarif wondered why the people want to discredit the Astana process.
It has been working for the past 11 months, longer than any ceasefire negotiations by the West, he said.
Why don't we try to join the process, he asked.
Today, the West is no longer involved in all major world developments. Today's world is a diverse multi-polar one.
It is increasingly getting difficult for the so-called big powers to exclude countries from regions, their homes, denying them the right to address the issues, while the outside powers reserve the right to intervene without invitation for themselves by sending troops or propping up terrorist groups to define new regional roadmaps for the nations.
This tends to constitute a strategic importance in our bid to understand international relations.
Countries in the region should accept that disputes and divisions are not going to help them address regional issues, rather rifts will be used as pretexts for more interventions.
This is their home; this is their region and it is they that can decide their fate.
'We believe that all these countries need to live together, to work together to work for peace,' Zarif said.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency