The Real Iran

Here is an interview done by Maziar Bahari of Newsweek with Sadegh Kharazi, Iran’s former ambassador to France. This interview was pasted into the INFORMED COMMENT: GLOBAL AFFAIRS blog by Farideh Farhi. Here’s a couple paragraphs from Farhi’s introduction to the interview:

I think the interview is a good window in understanding how Iranian officials (or at least a good number of them) have come to view the way the United States in general, and the Bush Administration in particular, has approached Iran and the problems associated with that approach. Kharazi is related by marriage to Ayatollah Khamenei but also has close ties to former president Khatami. In the Iranian press, as he does here, he has expressed his misgivings about Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy (he was one of the first ambassadors to be removed from his job once Ahmadinejad became president).

But here he explains why U.S. policies have directly contributed to the rise of Ahmadinejad’s government and his policies. He further lays out why the current U.S. policy of trying to create divisions among various Iranian factions will not work. Finally, he talks about the shared interests Iran and U.S. have in the region and gives as clear a hint as I have seen anywhere about who the United States should talk to if indeed it is interested in resolving the issues it has with Iran diplomatically.

The interview is very interesting, not long, and well worth a read.

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