Press Release by National Iranian American Council (NIAC)
Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
(photo by Ahmad Moeinijam, Islamic Republic News Agency)
Washington, DC - Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement commending the interim deal agreed to between Iran and the U.S. and P5+1 today:
"Diplomacy has delivered the U.S. and Iran from the brink of a disastrous war and placed the two countries at the beginning of a brighter, more sustainable path forward. NIAC congratulates Presidents Obama and Rouhani, Secretary Kerry and Minister Zarif, and all of the diplomats involved in breaking the paradigm of enmity that have undermined both country's interests.
"This deal was made possible because both sides compromised and realized that everyone had to win something to make an agreement possible and durable. Both sides set aside pressure and escalation for a moment and went for a compromise. This is the essence of diplomacy.
"Ultimately, it is the Iranian people and the American people who deserve the most credit. Both are responsible for this initial victory by rejecting defeatists who said that a brighter future was not possible, diplomacy could not succeed, and that the only viable options were antagonism, rejectionism, threats and military contingencies.
"This is the beginning, not the end of the process. The U.S. and Iran must continue vigorously pursuing a long-term agreement that can put the two countries on a sustainable path forward to peaceful relations. Many obstacles and potential spoilers remain. Hardliners in both countries will work harder than ever to sabotage this pivot towards a diplomatic path. Those whose only currency is confrontation will search for any opportunities they can find to undermine and sabotage this interim deal.
"In the U.S. Congress, there are threats to move forward with sanctions that would unravel the delicate diplomatic process and, ironically, likely unravel the international sanctions at the same time. It is imperative that moderates in the U.S. and Iran prevail, and it will take the continued strong support of the American and Iranian people for compromise and negotiation to succeed.
"If this path continues, the biggest winners will be ordinary Americans and ordinary Iranians. Americans and Iranians will benefit greatly from a deal that averts a disastrous military adventure, enhances security, and begins to end the damaging standoff that separates two peoples who have much in common. The Iranian people, who have suffered immensely under their own government's abuses and the crippling pain of broad U.S. sanctions, will have new opportunities to redress these issues as a result of U.S.-Iran deescalation.
"Iranian Americans, who overwhelmingly oppose war and broad economic sanctions, and who have suffered under the standoff between the two countries, want to see a future in which the U.S. enjoys positive relations with an Iran that truly represents its people. Today, that future appears more possible than ever.
"It is critical that, with negotiations progressing, human rights are made a priority and that meaningful dialogue on human rights is made a centerpiece of broader negotiations. Iranian Americans want peace and diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran, but such a relationship must also not turn a blind eye to the plight of ordinary people at the hands of their government. Just as is the case with resolving the nuclear issue, diplomacy remains the best tool for advancing human rights."
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community. NIAC's mission is focused on promoting an active and engaged Iranian-American community, supporting aspirations for human rights and democracy in Iran, opposing war between the US and Iran, and celebrating our community's deep cultural heritage. NIAC accomplishes its mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision-making by policymakers.
For more information, please visit www.niacouncil.org
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