(MENAFN) The recent Chinese-brokered deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which re-established their diplomatic ties after seven years of tensions, has once again drawn attention to the criticism by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, of U.S. negotiating principles. The deal, made without any Western involvement, was seen as a success for China's approach of paying attention to the interests of all parties involved, rather than dictating demands on certain parties, which is often the case with the U.S.
Some in the West have blamed Iran for the failure of diplomacy with the U.S., accusing Ayatollah Khamenei of opposing negotiation and diplomacy. However, the reality is different. Ayatollah Khamenei has long criticized the U.S. approach to negotiations, stating that the U.S. does not negotiate in good faith. Instead, it often seeks to dictate its demands under the guise of negotiations.
According to Ayatollah Khamenei, when the U.S. says "let's negotiate," it does not mean finding a fair solution. Instead, it means sitting at the negotiating table and having the Americans say something and the other party accepting it. This approach to negotiations, which Ayatollah Khamenei sees as a form of coercion, has been a major obstacle to resolving Iran's problems with the U.S.
Ayatollah Khamenei has also criticized the U.S. for demanding ransoms and concessions during negotiations, not just once, but all the time. This approach has made negotiations with the U.S. difficult, if not impossible, for Iran.
The Chinese-brokered deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia highlights the importance of a different approach to negotiations, one that takes into account the interests of all parties involved. China's success in brokering the deal without Western involvement is a testament to this approach.
As Iran continues to face challenges in its relations with the U.S., Ayatollah Khamenei's criticism of U.S. negotiating principles remains relevant. It is clear that negotiations alone will not solve Iran's problems with the U.S. and that a new approach is needed to achieve a fair and just resolution.
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