Tunisian Journalist Calls for Broader Iran-Arab Relations Post Nuclear Deal
Kamal Ben Yunes of Maghreb News has called for boarder cooperation and ties between Iran and the Arab world.
Speaking at the 22nd International Press Exhibition, and as the first special guest at the pavilion of the Foreign Media Department of Culture Ministry, he said Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers has opened a new chapter in relations with the Arab world.
Yunes, who is also the managing director of Maghreb News and an expert in international relations, told journalists that the Arab world could benefit from the deal and the newfound cooperation immensely.
He outlined that the deal reduced pressure on Iran to make optimum use of its civilian program, helped lift sanctions, paved the way for Arab nations to follow suit, encouraged lobby groups to promote and support relations with Iran, debunked the myth of Iran threat, and undermined the anti-Iran campaign by Israel and its lobby groups in Washington.
According to the Tunisian journalist, the deal likewise helped put an end to the myth of “Shia Crescent”, propagated by terrorist groups like ISIL and Al-Qaeda and their co-founders in the region.
In conclusion, Yunes said Iran and its neighbours should build trust and give subjective guarantees that they will not interfere in each other’s internal affairs. This way they can establish organisations to promote dialogue, fight terrorism and extremism, cement cooperation in economic fields, and live in peace and harmony - irrespective of race, ethnicity and religion.