Severely critical of the Western powers in dealing with various problems facing the world, Iran today called for shunning their "zero some game" approach and pitched for a new paradigm based on principles of equality as propounded by Mahatma Gandhi.
Delivering the fifth R K Mishra Memorial Lecture, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there was an urgent need to fundamentally change the existing approaches in resolving various conflicts and said India and Iran must join hands towards forcefully seeking the change.
"If the security at the expense of insecurity of others makes any sense, then we should have never had 9/11. I thought 9/11 was enough to prove to everybody that security is the globalised common commodity. You cannot own it. You need to share it. You cannot have security alliances, you need to have security network," he said.
The lecture, organised by Observer Research Foundation, was attended by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and number of senior diplomats from various countries.
Underlining the need for adopting a different outlook to deal with various issues, he said "zero some mentality" of Western powers has complicated situation in various conflict zones in the world.
"I believe India and Iranians have been in the forefront of fighting for that different outlook. When Mahatma Gandhi presented his outlook that was the beginning of a new paradigm of international relations," he said.
The visiting minister accused the Western countries of attempting to define international relations in a different way and said the world is undergoing significant transformation and nobody can claim monopoly over any country.
Iran had bitter relations with the US and some of the Western powers following its controversial nuclear programme.
In his inaugural address, Khurshid said Iran is "too important" a country to be sidelined by anyone. He said instability in Syria has the potential to undermine stability in the entire West Asia.
Zarif said that the international community lost more during its confrontation with Iran than did the Iranian people. "Nobody won. I think the west lost more."
The Iranian Foreign Minister said that concerted efforts must be made to defeat terrorism and India and Iran should work together towards that end.
"Extremism and violence emanating from anywhere is bad for everyone. We all need to work together and this has to be an inclusive effort. All stakeholders need to work together and create an environment that does not breed extremism," he said.
Iran knows that Pakistani territory is sometimes used for terrorist activities, said Zarif, who added, however, that the Pakistan government is not involved in it.
"We have evidence that some others are involved. It's not the government of Pakistan. It may be others," he said without elaborating further on the issue.
As to Afghanistan, he said that the presence of foreign forces in the country was a recipe for instability.
Talking about Syria, he said the country has become a breeding ground for extremism. The solution to the problem in that country must be found by its people.
On Iran's nuclear programme, he said his country was looking for a final deal and lifting of all sanctions.
Asserting that Iran's nuclear programme will continue, he said the country will put in place measures to allay any apprehension among the international community.
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