The Embassy of Iran in Bucharest, jointly with Middle East Political and Economic Institute (MEPEI) organises in Bucharest for two days, starting yesterday, an international conference with the purpose of debating the policy of the European Union for the Middle East and to discuss the position of Iran in this regard.
The conference ranges within the context of an opening of Iran towards the world, after the investing of the new president, Hassan Rouhani.
The conference is attended by diplomats and scientists, as well as politicians and businesspeople. Among the participants is the former Romanian premier Adrian Nastase, the former minister of Foreign Affairs Adrian Cioroianu, the counsellor of the Iranian ForMin, Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour and Javad Amin-Mansour, director for commercial negotiations and energy in the Iranian ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the opening of the conference, the chairman of the parliamentary friendship group Romania-Iran, senator Sorin Rosca Stanescu appreciated as positive the launching of Iran as discussion partner in the international world and praised the recent positive evolutions of Iran.
Stanescu added that Romania is “interested in normalising the relations” with Iran, “an important partner for Romania, with economic and human potential.”
Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour identified three purposes of the Bucharest conference, starting with “a better understanding of the political orientation” of Iran, continuing with “tightening human relations” and ending with “the expansion of the space, in order to improve human relations.”
In his turn, Adrian Cioroianu presented a historian’s view on the position of Iran in the world of today and the perspectives for Palestine. “This image campaign of Iran is one of the best things this country could do,” Cioroianu mentioned, adding that the country “does not need only a change of image, but also a change of the relation with the world.”
During the press conference held few days ago, in which he announced the organising of the conference, the Ambassador of Iran in Bucharest, H.E. Bahador Amimian Jazi underscored: “Romania has always been a bridge between the two civilizations, because Romania is a Western country, but historically and culturally had links also with the East and has a good understanding of this part of the world. We believe that what Romania knows about the situation in the Middle East is closer to the truth. Romania can play a great role of a bridge and a mediator between Iran and the EU”, the Iranian diplomat said during a press conference.
The Iranian Ambassador evoked the meeting between the Foreign Minister Titus Colatean and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York which took place in September, during which was confirmed the “desire of the two states to improve their relations”. “We will take the steps to do this. This improvement in relations will take place in political, economic, cultural and parliamentary sectors,” said the diplomat. (Stefan Barbu)