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Iran states its case at the NAM summit
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Shafie99b.jpgThe 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which is currently underway in Tehran, has once again revived the debate about Iran’s position in the international community.  
 
Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Western governments have used each and every opportunity to isolate Iran in the international arena. These efforts were stepped up when Iran started its nuclear program, and an international alliance, headed by the United States, imposed several rounds of sanctions and embargoes to slow down Iran’s economic growth and undermine the country’s social life. 
 
Recent developments in Syria provided the West a new opportunity to redouble the pressure on the Iranian government. Clearly, the establishment of an alliance comprising Western and regional governments to topple the government of Syria is a plot to counter Iran’s rising influence in the region. 
 
However, Iran’s successful organization and hosting of the NAM summit here in Tehran has neutralized all the anti-Iran plots, and the international community is beginning to accept the idea that Iran is by no means an isolated state, but quite the contrary, actually enjoys huge international support, especially on its nuclear program.  
 
The NAM summit in Tehran has opened up a new chapter in Iran’s diplomatic efforts to publicize its independent policies. The presence of more than 150 delegations from around the world provides a unique opportunity for the Iranian government to clearly define its objectives and views for the international community. 
 
The current critical situation in the Arab world and the wave of the Islamic Awakening engulfing autocratic governments have also created a new opportunity for Iran to clarify its stances on the issue. Some Arab countries are worried about Iran’s rising influence in the wake of political developments in the region. Thus, the NAM summit can also serve as a venue for disambiguating such wrong perceptions.    
 
MP Nowzar Shafiei is a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament).
 

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