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.

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:

The Secretary General of Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also took to social media:

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.

“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.”

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