Time for Iran to rebuild ties with the world

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stands next to German Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (left) in Tehran on July 20, 2015.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stands next to German Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (left) in Tehran on July 20, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Iran is one of the oldest civilisations on earth. But this reputation somehow has been lost in time.

The country can rebuild itself by getting rid of its general malaise, largely derived from past bad experiences.

It must realise that the world has changed.

Iran has much to offer - from its exquisite food to arts and crafts, and architecture. Its culture, in particular, stands out.

They can be appreciated once again if the country walks away from the destructive path and pursues one of creativity.

And, ridding itself of the negativity, it can become the balm to heal old wounds and bring unity to the Middle East.

Extending a hand and being more diplomatic towards its neighbours would certainly help in mending many a rift that exists.

Iran, drawing on its centuries of understanding and knowledge, can make the Middle East a much better place to dwell in.

Manoraj Rajathurai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2015, with the headline 'Time for Iran to rebuild ties with the world'. Print Edition | Subscribe