Al-Monitor Newsmaker Interviews


European Union and Turkish flags fly outside a hotel in Istanbul, May 4, 2016.  (photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Turkish ambassador calls joining EU Ankara’s 'strategic objective'

Wednesday, May. 18, 2016 | Denis Simonneau, Contributor

In a wide-ranging interview with Al-Monitor, Turkish Ambassador to France Hakki Akil discussed Turkey’s perspectives on a safe zone in Syria, the migration crisis, Turkey’s progress toward EU membership, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Russian intervention in Syria and the possibility of international intervention in Libya.

Central Bank governor: Iran expects access to US financial system

Friday, Apr. 15, 2016 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Iranian Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif said Iran has made economic progress even before the lifting of sanctions and invited American companies to compete with Europeans in trading with and investing in Iran.

Dismissed Fatah leader Dahlan says Abbas, Hamas lack 'serious nationalism'

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 | Hazem Balousha, Contributor

Dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan discusses the current situation in Palestine, his rift with President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and his aspiration to become president.

Zarif: Iran sees 'mostly negative signals' from US

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in an interview with Al-Monitor, confirmed brief bilateral exchanges with Saudi counterparts and said numerous disagreements remain inside the international Syria support group on a political transition.

Barghouti: We will continue to boycott Israel

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 | Rasha Abou Jalal, Contributor

Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, talked to Al-Monitor about the initiative’s local and international efforts to end the occupation and settlement activities through a boycott of Israel.

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