Iranian foreign minister's visit to United States is first step towards bilateral relations
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 2 / Trend T. Konyayeva /
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's unofficial visit to the U.S. last Thursday established a new phase of relations between the two countries, experts say.
The permission for Mottaki's entry to the U.S. is an attempt of the U.S. to resume the dialogue with the current leadership of Iran, since the plans of Barack Obama Administration does not include war with Iran, said the President of the Middle East Institute Yevgeny Satanovsky.
"Establishing relations with Iran will allow President Obama to remain in history, Satanovsky told Trend via e-mail. He does not want and can not fight with Iran, as he can not limit Iran's nuclear ambitions. Hence the visa is an attempt to begin a direct dialogue with current Iranian leadership."
Last Wednesday Mottaki arrived on a visit to Washington. However, according to the White House, meetings of the Iranian Foreign Minister with the representatives of the Obama Administration were not scheduled.
Organization of contact with a senior person in the U.S. Department of State (upon the assumption of the expert, he could become a former ambassador to Russia, the deputy head of the Department of State William Burns) to probe the situation is the traditional maneuver for the U.S. diplomacy, said political scientist.
"If they estimated that there is a possibility of a breakthrough, Hillary Clinton or President Obama himself could enter the room 'by chance'," said Satanovsky.
Mottaki's visit took place the day before the Geneva meeting of European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran Said Jalili, with the participation of political managers of the "Six" countries on Iran's nuclear program (Russia, USA, UK, France, China and Germany).
According to Joshua Landis, Director Center for Middle East Studies University of Oklahoma, Iranian Foreign Minister's visit to the USA will help smooth the waters for the negotiations
U.S. and other Western countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of peaceful nuclear energy program. To prevent the creation of nuclear weapons and suspend Iran's nuclear program, Western countries have repeatedly talked about the possibility of a decision to introduce sanctions against Iran.
Professor of political science at Tehran University, Hermidas-Bavand also believes that the U.S. gave permission for Mottaki's visit to Washington in order to create favorable conditions for bilateral talks.
"The purpose of this visit is to create conditions for the start of bilateral relations, Bavand told Trend by telephone from Tehran. - In addition, the topic of discussion could be issues such as Iran's nuclear program, Afghanistan and Iraq."
He also added that from its side, Iran is also ready to make concessions to the United States.
T.Jafarov contributed to the article.