The historic nuclear agreement announced earlier this week will have profound implications not only for Iran’s relations with the West, but with its neighbors in the greater Persian Gulf region. As global powers take steps to re-integrate Iran into the international community, increased commercial, cultural, and social exchanges will reverberate across the Middle East region.
In the days following the July 14 announcement, several of Iran’s neighbors were quick to express their support for the deal. Turkey’s Foreign, Energy, and Finance ministers all lauded the agreement, citing the economic benefits Ankara will reap as a result of the lifting of sanctions.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted his support and described the fight against terror as a mutual interest in the region.
Daesh seeks to drag our region into perpetual conflict. The #IranDeal expresses a common will to bring peace and security to our region.
— Haider Al-Abadi (@HaiderAlAbadi) July 14, 2015
The ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a foreign ministry spokesperson in Baku, along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs all issued statements of support for the agreement.
Qatar’s ambassador in Washington Mohammed al Kuwari tweeted:
Qatar welcomes the deal between Iran and the P5+1 group, we hope the deal will increases peace and stability in the region
— Mohammed Al Kuwari (@Amb_AlKuwari) July 15, 2015
The Secretary General of Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also took to social media:
Congratulations to the diplomatic community on all sides for the great efforts in reaching a historic win-win Accord on Iran nuclear issue.
— Badr Albusaidi (@badralbusaidi) July 14, 2015
In June 2013, Hassan Rouhani won Iran’s presidential elections, based largely on a promise to constructively engage with the international community in an effort to resolve the nuclear issue. But these efforts at diplomacy and detente have not been limited to the West. Since his appointment in 2013, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has toured the region extensively. With success achieved on the nuclear front, his ministry will likely accelerate outreach to neighboring governments.
Region's security is our security. Region's stability is our stability. Likewise, our progress is that of the region & will only benefit it.
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) July 14, 2015
“Our neighbors are our priority,” Zarif declared in Asharq al-Awsat, a leading Arab daily newspaper, shortly after assuming his position. Iran, he said, recognizes “that we cannot promote our interests at the expense of others.” He added, “We need to have a sober appreciation of the fact that we have common interests and face common threats, and that we need to deal with common challenges and can make use of common opportunities. In short, we have a common destiny.”