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Workshop on "Saudi Arabia; changes and challenges"

Workshop on "Saudi Arabia; changes and challenges" was held in Dehkhoda Hall at the School of International Relations on Wednesday November 14. It"s worth noting that some of the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made speeches in this workshop.
In the first part of the workshop, Mr. Darvishvand delivered a speech about the domestic challenges Saudi Arabia is facing today and also the kingdom"s reform plan. Head of the Saudi Arabia office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while explaining history of Saudi Arabia and Sahvah (awakening) movement, alluded to the principles of Wahhabism in history. He also pointed out that uprising against the king and criticizing him could not be tolerated in the religious text of Salafism.
In the end, he brought up the subject of economic, political and social challenges of Saudi Arabia and emphasized that four elements including Naserism, Islamic revolution of Iran, events of 11 September and the JCPOA (change in the approach of US and other western countries towards Iran) were the challenges of Saudi foreign policy.
In the second part of the workshop, Dr. Seyyed Ahmad Nekouyi, raised the issue of Saudi relationships with super powers. Expert of the Persian Gulf office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs began his speech by raising the question of "is the threat of Saudi Arabia real or a result of US inculcation?" During the lecture, he pointed out that the combination of the two aforesaid viewpoints are the answer to that mentioned question.
During the third and fourth sessions, Dr. Mohammad Farazmand delivered a speech about the regional strategies of Saudi Arabia and it"s relation with Iran. by considering Saudi strategic mistakes towards Yemen, Qatar, Lebanon and Syria, scrutinizing social and political challenges of that country and at last pointing to the crisis made by assassinating Jamal Khashoggi, Director general of the Persian Gulf office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reached to this conclusion that the role of "traditional Saudi Arabia" in the region is declining. Concerning Iran"s relations with Saudi Arabia, Dr. Farazmand said that there is no serious opposition against having ties with Saudi Arabia in Iran, but lack of tradition of dialogue and insufficient determination among Saudis plus their reliance on United States are the reasons we have not seen mutual dialogue between the two countries in the past years.
He also emphasized that there is no reciprocal unsolvable problem in the way of Iran-Saudi relations and negotiation between the two sides is possible in future. At the end of the session, all of the participants including about 40 experts and academics interested in the field of Saudi Arabia were granted certificate


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