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Monday , November 19 2018

‘Final chance’ for GCC, Iran

Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

KUWAIT, representing the member states of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), has given Iran a real test of intentions through discussions, the outcome of which we wish will be good neighborly relations between the two banks of the Arabian Gulf.

We hope it will not be a case of buying time, in the manner by which Iran has been depending on the changes brought about by the regional events. In the past years, these events had proven that Iran will keep losing, such that its internal crises would aggravate and the sufferings of its people would increase.

The letter of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, which was sent to the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid, is actually an interpretation of the resolutions from the last GCC summit. During that summit, Kuwait was mandated to conduct discussions with Tehran on behalf of all GCC capitals.

This currently represents a new opportunity for Iran’s officials to realize that international changes are no longer in Iran’s favor, especially under the new American administration. This was evident when the new President of the United States of America announced his rejection of the nuclear deal as well as the politics of clemency and overlooking practiced by the previous administration during the past eight years.

As a result, such politics led to increase in self-importance among the officials of Iran’s regime, who have not yet realized that whatever is transpiring in reality is completely different from what they are assuming.

For 37 years, the GCC have been striving to protect their members from the tensions created by Tehran’s political organization, which has adopted the principle of expansionism under the tagline “Import of Revolution”.

At a time when the world is shutting its doors and windows on Iran’s face due to its hostile practices in the world particularly in the region, the presence of GCC countries has been increasing globally and their economic and political relations have been expanding.

Few months ago, several Iranian leaders were bragging about controlling the four capitals of Arab nations; in reality, they were being defeated day after day in those cities.

Regarding Beirut, Iran’s mercenary Hassan Nasrallah has not been able to impose Iran’s will on the people of Lebanon, despite the military and weaponry support he had been receiving. When it comes to Baghdad, the militias who are working for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have failed to push Iraqis into Iran’s hands.

In Yemen, the current situation depicts the defeat of Iran’s expansionism plan in the south of the Arabian Peninsula as well as the inability of the Revolutionary Guards to find stable ground after a series of defeats sustained by the Houthi gangs.

The situation in Syria is not that different from that of the other four cities. Meanwhile, Russia has started trimming the claws of Iran through its project which is aimed at removing Syria from the furnace of civil war. There is no doubt that Iran is well aware of the capability of Russia, which should not be underestimated.

Today, all this is enough to render Iran’s regime, along with several leaders, to recalculate its position and avoid going back to the days when Iran was represented by more than one official voice. Those voices, which were of the president, the Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s supreme leader or even that of a cleric during a Friday prayer, had contradicted each other.

If Iran returns to this old habit, it will mean more suffering for the regime, which has not been saved by the nuclear agreement that it had signed, or its hostility.

Eighty million Iranians are need of bread and an end to their sufferings. Despite this, they have not been spared from the artificial problems they are facing with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or United Arabs Emirates. Regardless of the game Iran is playing, it will not secure a livelihood for its people.

Iran’s regime needs to realize that the revolutions caused by flames of empty stomachs can never be extinguished by war.

Therefore, the window of discussion, which has been opened by the GCC countries, is the last hope through which Iran’s regime could express its intention of goodwill for the entire world. The closing of this window will be like digging one’s own grave.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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