TEHRAN (Iran News) – The emerging post-coronavirus world order will not be an entirely Western one, said the Iranian foreign minister.
Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks on Monday in an online lecture in English, being the first in a series of five, on global issues titled ‘The World in Transition’ at the Faculty of World Studies of the University of Tehran, which was streamed live on the faculty’s Instagram page.
He added some countries seek to define a new world order in the post-coronavirus era, IRNA wrote.
The minister noted that during the past 30 years, the world witnessed one of its most tumultuous eras, adding, “We have seen many conflicts and wars, drastic modern changes as well as disasters.”
Following the Cold War, he said, some states sought to build a new future, and, thus, not only predicted the future developments, but prescribed them.
Zarif added the world’s superpowers made miscalculations, listing efforts in the past three decades to shape the future global developments as the announcement of the new world order by a former US president, George H. W. Bush and establishment of the Project for the New American Century.
“If we seek to know what is going on and prevent the occurrence of bad events, we should know where we are and what our destination is.”
He recalled that US President Donald Trump had said his country had spent $7 trillion to establish a new world order and yet has failed to achieve the desired goal.
“I believe that entirely Western approaches have failed to provide an accurate understanding of global events. The emerging world order will not be an entirely Western one.”
He said Iran has been a target of global aggression ever since it chose to move outside the accepted framework of Western policies.
The US administration, including Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, seek to interpret international developments and events in security terms, Zarif added, noting that they are doing the same thing with regard to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, insisting upon calling it the China virus.
He described such a policy as a bit childish, saying however, in reality, it follows the same policy of dealing with every problem as a security issue.
The miscalculations have led to the spread of terrorism and extremism across the globe, the minister noted.
This is due to a failure to understand the notion of the transition, he underlined.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews