Ali Majedi, former Iranian Ambassador to Germany

Ex-Iranian Diplomat Urges Change In Foreign Policy

Tuesday, 03/26/2024

Ali Majedi, former Iranian Ambassador to Germany, has called for accepting conditions set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and resolving foreign policy issues in the new Iranian year.

Speaking at a forum on international relations, Majedi stated that the FATF issue transcends geopolitics, emphasizing, "It's not about the US; it's about international regulations."

He pointed out that Iran's inclusion on the FATF blacklist poses hurdles to its economic activities and international relations.

FATF is a Paris-based inter-state financial watchdog that has penalized Iran for not adhering to international conventions on money laundering and financing of terrorism. In 2017, Iran's presidential administration proposed legislation to address FATF's concerns but hardliners have blocked its approval.

Regarding Iran's foreign policy challenges, Majedi cautioned against ineffective diplomatic approaches. He was referring to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and relations with the West.

He criticized the current government's foreign policy team, labeling it as one of the weakest in history. Drawing parallels with past administrations, he highlighted the need for a technocratic approach to effectively advance Iran's foreign policy goals. Majedi emphasized the need for a competent negotiation team and strategic diplomatic maneuvering.

Iran finds itself increasingly isolated in the international arena due to a combination of factors, including its strained relations with the West, ongoing regional conflicts, and concerns over its nuclear program.

Despite efforts to engage diplomatically, Tehran's confrontational rhetoric and actions have exacerbated tensions with Western countries and Persian Gulf Arab states alike. The reimposition of sanctions by the United States, coupled with Iran's defiance, have further isolated the country economically and diplomatically.

Additionally, Iran's support for militant groups in the Middle East has fueled regional instability, leading to growing distrust and apprehension among its neighbors and the broader international community.

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