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Rouhani Stresses Regionalism In Iranian Foreign Policy

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani will consider improved ties with Iran’s neighbors as a priority in his foreign policy.
Irani workers weld the pipeline during a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the inauguration of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, in the city of Chahbahar in southeastern Iran March 11, 2013. Ahmadinejad and Zardari marked the start of Pakistani construction on the much-delayed gas pipeline on Monday, Iranian media reported, despite U.S. pressure on Islamabad to back out of the project. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed  (IRAN - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY BUSINESS) - RTR3EUST

With a new moderate president in office by August, Iran will rebuild ties with its neighbors through an assertive and constructive diplomacy. In his first interview with the press, President-elect Hassan Rouhani stressed the need for Iran to improve its regional ties. Promoting regionalism, he said, will open new markets to Iran and help its drive to push foreign forces out in order to secure Iran’s primary national interest, which is stable relations with its neighbors.

Iran’s central geopolitical location is unique to its ability to promote regionalism, with the Persian Gulf to its south, and Central Asia and the Caucuses to its north. Within this region, 11 key states neighbor Iran, including the six Arab States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Iran’s adjacent or close neighbors total 15 if we include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia and Kazakhstan.

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