Political Breakfast with Kazem Jalali

Berlin, February 22, 2011

Iranian foreign policy faces a number of challenges, among them the unresolved conflict over the country’s nuclear program. The continuous tensions in the Middle East and the unprecedented wave of protest in the region are also sensitive issues for Iranian foreign policy.

Dr. Kazem Jalali, Member of the Iranian Parliament Majlis and Spokesman for the Foreign Relations Committee, met with representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss Iran’s perspective on the current developments in the Middle East.

The Iranian nuclear programme and the fact that Western countries did not believe claims that the nuclear facilities were being used only for peaceful purposes kept coming back to dominate the discussion. Both Western and Iranian participants pointed to the necessity of confidence-building measures. Here there was a general belief that it was up to the other side to set the ball rolling.

With regard to the issue of regional cooperation in the Gulf area, there were calls to establish a collective security mechanism which included all of the actors.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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