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Iranian Official Discusses Regional Policies

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian discusses Iran’s policies toward Syria, Saudi Arabia, Hamas and Egypt in an interview with Al-Monitor.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a news conference in Moscow December 18, 2012. Iran does not believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government are about to fall, Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST HEADSHOT) - RTR3BPMT

TEHRAN, Iran — Getting to know Iran is a difficult task that might take a foreigner dozens of years without going anywhere. As a former Arab diplomat who served as his country’s ambassador to Tehran once told me, someone needs 20 years until he or she can dare say, "I might know."

This diplomat and his colleagues were in direct connection with Iran’s Foreign Ministry, the country’s bridge to the world, the place where the “built-in” diplomacy of the Iranian people is well reflected.

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