The prospect of Iran's emergence from isolation could overturn the geopolitical balance of the Middle East. Iran is the pre-eminent Shi'ite Muslim power and its allies are fighting proxy wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen against allies of its main Sunni Muslim regional rival, Saudi Arabia.
In Iraq, Tehran has found itself on the same side as the United States, supporting a Shi'ite-led government against Sunni militants of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Zarif has argued, including in a New York Times Op-Ed column last week, that Iran wants to help the global fight against Sunni Muslim militants, who he said are spurred on by policies adopted by Saudi Arabia.
"It's now time for all — especially Muslim nations — to join hands and rid the world of violent extremism. Iran is ready," Zarif tweeted on Saturday. Reuters
Well, the Republicans, anti-Iran fanatics generally, agents of influence of Israel and assorted cats and dogs have all tried to stop this and they have all failed.
IMO Obama can count this one as among his major achievements. pl