11 April 2018
As part of IIPE flagship lecture series, the “Ambassadorial Forum”, H.E. Hosein Mola Abdolahi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Serbia, gave a lecture on the development, current challenges and future prospects of the Iranian nuclear programme. The “Ambassadorial Forum” gathered a number of representatives of the diplomatic corps in Belgrade, scholars, academicians, and the IIPE alumni. The Iranian ambassador stressed that Iran and six world powers known as the P5+1 – United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany – reached agreement in July 2015, and that it is the only legitimate framework for the development of the Iranian nuclear programme available for peaceful purposes. The agreement guarantees that Iran will not violate the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons by directing its nuclear research for military purposes. Ambassador Abdolahi commented that possible unilateral withdrawal of the new U.S. administration from the Iranian nuclear agreement after 12 May 2018 on the grounds of allegedly excessive concessions given to Iran would be counterproductive, and it would present an act of irresponsible violation of international law. In the case of the US withdrawal, Tehran will consider a wide array of responses as to protect its national security effectively in the light of growing regional instability. During the second part of the “Ambassadorial Forum”, participants debated about the current situation in Syria, and how it has been affecting and shaping Iranian foreign policy so far. After the lecture, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran gave a cocktail party at the IIPE`s Small Chamber.