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US-Iran Peace is Closer than ever Before

2013 October 05

Source: American Iranian Council

US-Iran direct talks: is there a breakthrough in the horizon?

The American Iranian Council is enthusiastic about the historic developments in US‑Iran relations over the past week. These developments included pro‑peace speeches by PresidentObama and President Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly, a positive meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the nuclear issue, and a phone conversation between Presidents Obama andRouhani, the first of its kind in 34 years. 

The AIC, which has pioneered and led the push for improved relations between the two governments for more than two decades, is glad to see that its vision is beginning tomaterialize. The Council has never wavered in its commitment to diplomacy, opposition to sanctions, and disapproval of the use of force in resolving US-Iran conflict. Instead, the AIC has consistently provided opportunities for both sides to engage constructively and raise the level of debate.

Some of the AIC’s main achievements over the years include hosting Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for her historic speech in which she expressed regret over the US past policy mistakes including its role in 1953 coup, holding an event in which the sitting Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mehdi Karrubi engaged his American Congressional counterparts and senior Jewish leaders in New York, and hosting many majorconferences with American officials including Vice President Joe Biden, State Secretary John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

While the two governments have made important conciliatory gestures toward each other in the last several days, the road toward peace will likely be bumpy. As such, the American Iranian Council plans to assist the pro‑peace process by supporting both sides as they make progress on the nuclearissue and other matters. The AIC will also launch its own initiatives to provide a platform for dialogue and act as a catalyst for rapprochement as in the past.

In order for this long process of US‑Iran peace to be successful, all stakeholders must be taken into consideration. The AIC remains concerned that some stakeholders, Israel inparticular, may not go along with the process if they areexcluded.  The Council will take on that challenge and conduct a parallel track of diplomacy that helps bring the concerns of the Israeli people into the conversation between the US and Iran.

However, this opening for diplomacy will not last forever. Because the stakes are so high and the window of opportunity for peace so narrow, we will need all the support we canget. We must not fail in the effort to push the peace forward, and to succeed we need your support. So please consider making a tax‑deductible donation to the American Iranian Council by clicking here or making a check payable to the AIC and mailing it to:

American Iranian Council
P.O. Box 707
Princeton, NJ USA 08540

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