The Guardian, Monday 23 September 2013

23 September 2013 | 18:25 Code : 22 Speeches
Mohammda Khatami (former Iranian president):

“At my suggestion, 2001 was named the UN Year of Dialogue Among Civilisations. But despite reaching a global audience, the message of dialogue barely penetrated the most intractable political dilemmas, either at home or abroad.”

“In order to be successful, any dialogue must use the language of politics and diplomacy. President Rouhani's platform of prudence and hope is a practical translation of the idea of dialogue among nations into the realm of politics. And this is more necessary than ever at a time when a range of overlapping political crises are threatening global catastrophe.” "Opportunity to engage is unprecedented but consequences of failure could be global", Rouhani's visit to UN is unique chance for west and Iran, says Mr. Khatami. 

The Guardian, Monday 23 September 2013 published an article by Mr. Khatami former Iranian president and founder of the Foundation for Dialogue among Civilizations. Mr. Khatami in his article by referring to the ongoing visit of Iranian president visit to UN says that "This time, the west must not turn its back on diplomacy President Rouhani's UN speech can reignite the diplomacy that over a decade ago I saw was the only path to a better world".


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