The SSI witnessed many heated debates, with the delegate of Iran an active participant. The points raised by the delegate got the committee thinking and left it with a much needed sense of purpose. She talks to Arunima Pande of the Pakistan Press International about USA, Assad and more.
Journalist: How does Iran plan to combat the ISIS? Is it willing to co-operate with countries such as USA to achieve common objectives?
Delegate of Islamic Republic of Iran: Iran always absorbs a lot of expediency – in context of the situation at hand – into its foreign policy. It has to do with the exertion of geopolitical influence. Iran is concentrating on reinforcing efforts to combat the ISIS in Iraq as a regional player; it is bound to the duty of striving for integrity in the region. The situation is highly volatile; 2015 contrasts very sharply with the rather bleak 2017. Saying this, the delegate of Iran is prepared to synchronize actions with those of the Western bloc, but will always move with a degree of caution, because after all reasonable argument, the moment Western intervention dilates into political interference, it becomes a dangerous game reminiscent of the blackest periods in Iraqi/Iranian history. Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
Journalist: What does Iran plan to do about the oil smuggling taking place in Syria by the ISIS and other Syrian rebels?
Delegate of Islamic Republic of Iran: Iran is actively engaged with Syria, supplying it with intelligence, economic aid and on occasion military support, but this is done only in recognition of the constituency of Syrians that appreciate our policies and investment. In this case, the Iranian government’s dedication to Assad’s cause tangibly means it is working towards building a solid front against the ISIS, and the other rebel groups that wreak havoc on the Syrian homeland. It is tacitly understood it encompasses the impeding of the groups that unlawfully smuggle oil. To make a very general statement, the Assad government fills the basic void of legitimacy of power, and to stand by this is in the best interest of Iran’s anti-ISIS policy.
Journalist: In one of your speeches, you mentioned how funding of the ISIS was linked to its other endeavors. Could you elaborate?
Delegate of Islamic Republic of Iran: It was something the delegate found interesting and constructive. As the committee was discussing funding, the delegate shed light on the fact that in response to these multilateral problems, we will have multifaceted solutions. ISIS gets its money from the free hand it enjoys in terms of geographical strength, virtual presence or the capitalization of sectarian divides. Now that SSI is convening, it will hopefully solve these problems. If we can carry out the innovative solutions given by different delegates with efficiency and resilience, then we will surely notice ISIS’ failures coming up more clearly and in succession. In this same optimistic note, the delegate would also like to say-: “When an organization is as badly motivated as the ISIS, it will collapse when weakened and self-destruct.”
Journalist: If you could be of any of the delegates of your committee for a day, who would you choose?
Delegate of Islamic Republic of Iran: I guess I would like to be the delegate of Saudi Arabia, because I want to know what goes on inside the mind of a person who pushes for a public apology in the middle of committee, picks out the people who maligned his country and dishes out revenge: Fight Club style.
Journalist: What irks you most in committee?
Delegate of Islamic Republic of Iran: It’s really annoying when delegates look at you when they speak to you. Debate and questioning are an integral part of MUN; we might be Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, and the word Iphigenia hovers like a question mark, but please do not make eye contact with me, it’s way aggressive. And it scares me slightly. Whatever happened to diplomacy?