Fuad Masum, who currently serves as Iraq’s president, has been a prominent figure in the domain of culture and politics. Like many current Iraqi politicians, the moderate Kurdish leader dedicated most of his life to fight for his country but he is not as known as his predecessor Jalal Talabani. Masum is a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and a close aide of Talabani with whom he fought the former Baath regime. Iran Daily has conducted an interview with him at his home in Baghdad about his political life. The following is a translation of the interview.
Fuad Masum, from philosophy course to world of politics
Iran’s Ambassador to India Gholamreza Ansari laments that India is very slow in trade deals, explains Iran’s role in Yemen and declares the wide-ranging benefits of the Iran-US nuclear deal. Serving as ambassador in India since December 2012, Ansari is a seasoned diplomat. He has held key positions in Iran’s Foreign Ministry. Iran and P 5+1 agreed to the framework and is preparing the draft for a final agreement before the July 1 deadline. Prospects of a US-Iran rapprochement and Iran’s rising regional clout have raised concerns in Saudi Arabia and Israel. The interview by Indian analysts and experts was moderated by Indian Express Associate Editor Sushant Singh. Excerpts follow:
Envoy elaborates on  Iran’s equations  in region, world
A lawmaker has cautioned that Iran would use its gas leverage against the West, if Europeans refuse to discard their hostile policy towards the country's nuclear program.
Rising gas output an int’l leverage
A recognized expert of the multipolar world believes Washington's lobby against Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is in line with the idea of 'American exceptionalism' which will not easily adjust to the multipolar world.
AIIB membership shows world economy embracing Iran
A political analyst described Iran’s four-point peace plan for Yemen to the United Nations as “timely”, saying it is in favor of all sides involved in the crisis.
Iran’s peace plan for Yemen benefits region
A senior lawmaker accused Saudi Arabia of "targeted bombardment" of Yemen's residential areas and infrastructure in order to trigger discontent among the people against Houthi fighters.
Saudi Arabia airstrikes aimed at triggering Yemeni discontent
The Middle East has witnessed many developments since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 which toppled the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Undeniably, Iran has played a significant role in the region since then while its rival Saudi Arabia suffered many defeats. The Arab kingdom invaded its southern neighbor Yemen after it failed to advance its agenda in Iraq and Syria where Iran gave substantial assistance to government forces fighting Takfiri terrorists. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been trying to end the war on Yemen through diplomacy. The following is an interview with political expert Sabah Zanganeh.
Saudi Arabia acts against int'l law
US investigative journalist Wayne Madsen has described Senator Lindsey Graham, who is planning to run for president, as a “disgrace for the United States.”
Senator Graham is ‘a disgrace for US’: Wayne Madsen
Saudi Arabia began an air campaign against Yemen on March 26 without a UN mandate to restore power to Yemen’s former fugitive president, Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
“Saudis want to make Yemen their backyard”
A lawmaker warned Saudi Arabia about the repercussions of its invasion of Yemen, urging it to stop its airstrikes on the poor Arab country.
Saudi invasion of Yemen will destabilize region

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