The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to facilitate talks between the Syrian government and opposition, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani wrote in an article published in The Washington Post on Thursday.
"...I announce my government's readiness to help facilitate dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition," Rouhani's article said.
Rouhani further called for collective efforts to pave the way for national dialogue in the countries in the region, saying, "We must join hands to constructively work toward national dialogue, whether in Syria or Bahrain. We must create an atmosphere where peoples of the region can decide their own fates."
Rouhani went on to note that a key aspect of his "commitment to constructive interaction entails a sincere effort to engage with neighbors and other nations to identify and secure win-win solutions."
Rouhani also said that "a zero-sum, Cold War mentality leads to everyone's loss".
"A constructive approach to diplomacy doesn't mean relinquishing one's rights. It means engaging with one's counterparts, on the basis of equal footing and mutual respect, to address shared concerns and achieve shared objectives. In other words, win-win outcomes are not just favorable but also achievable," he said.
Iranian president's article also touched upon country's disputed nuclear program.
"To us, mastering the atomic fuel cycle and generating nuclear power is as much about diversifying our energy resources as it is about who Iranians are as a nation, our demand for dignity and respect and our consequent place in the world," Rouhani said in the article.
"In a climate where much of foreign policy is a direct function of domestic politics, focusing on what one doesn't want is an easy way out of difficult conundrums for many world leaders. Expressing what one does want requires more courage," Rouhani wrote.
"we all need to muster the courage to start conveying what we want - clearly, concisely and sincerely - and to back it up with the political will to take necessary action. This is the essence of my approach to constructive interaction," Iranian president said.
It should be noted that Rouhani is scheduled to visit New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly.
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