The EastWest Institute’s Brussels Center hosted Dr.Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour, advisor to Iran’s Foreign Minister on Strategic Affairs, at an off-the-record roundtable on “Iran’s New Foreign Policy and Prospects for Relations with Europe” on March 18.
Approximately 30 participants attended from European institutions, diplomatic missions, the media and academia. Dr. Sajjadpour outlined the basics of Iran’s foreign policy, its conceptual framework, its continuity as well as new elements, and the apparent readiness of the Rouhani government to engage proactively with others in what is a very dynamic international environment. The Q&A segment focused on global and regional issues, as well as on the domestic background of Iran’s foreign policy. Parliamentary elections will be in 2015. Dr. Sajjadpour confirmed that progress on nuclear issues is a priority for Iran, and that his country will continue to be a regional power defending its security interests. He also outlined recent positive developments in Iran’s relationships within the region.