Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the West’s efforts aimed at isolating the Islamic Republic will grind to a halt in the next Persian calendar year (beginning March 21, 2013).
“International relations in the next year will reach a point where the efforts aimed at isolating Iran will hit a dead end and we will witness remarkable developments next year,” Salehi told reporters on the sidelines of a Sunday ceremony in Tehran.
The Iranian foreign minister pointed to the ongoing construction of the Pakistani section of Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline despite the US efforts to halt the plan, as an example of the West’s failure in isolating Tehran.
On March 11, Iran and Pakistan started the final construction phase of the IP gas pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Iran to its eastern neighbor.
The inauguration ceremony was held despite Washington’s warning on the same day, with the US State Department threatening Islamabad with sanctions if Pakistan went through with its joint multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project with Iran.
“In the next few months, we will witness similar examples of this kind,” Salehi said.
Salehi’s optimistic remarks come after Iran and the P5+1 (permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) expressed hope about the prospect of their future negotiations, following their previous talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26-27.
On Saturday, EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, called on the P5+1 group of world powers to be "determined and creative" in the upcoming talks with Iran.
She added that the P5+1 should take more measures in order to build "communication" and "trust" with Iran.