Since visiting Tehran for the first time in 1978, I knew it was unique in its history and its people.

With 80 million people of Persian origin, Iran is a unique country. Understanding its history and its religious background is essential to visitors. Persian people are welcoming, educated and cultured. They expect foreign visitors to respect their ancestry and their legacy.

 

As sanctions are gradually being reduced for non-US countries and people, the Iranian market will gradually reconnect with the rest of the world in economic and financial terms. The political context will remain complex, but what matters most is building trust and human relationships.

 

When I returned to Tehran in 2016, to assess how the country had evolved I explored how I could be legally helpful to the development of the capital markets. The connection of payment systems will be a first step in reuniting Iran with the rest of the world.

 

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 4000 BC.[1] The southwestern and western part of the Iranian Plateau participated in the traditional Ancient Near East with Elam, from the Early Bronze Age, and later with various other peoples, such as the Kassites, Mannaeans, and Gutians. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel names the Persians as the first Historical People.[2] The Medes unified Iran as a nation and empire in 625 BC.[3] The Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BC), founded by Cyrus the Great, was the first of the Persian empires to rule from the Balkans to North Africa and also Central Asia, spanning three continents, from their seat of power in Persis (Persepolis). It was the largest empire yet seen and the first world empire.[4] The First Persian Empire was the only civilization in all of history connect over 40% of the global population, accounting for approximately 49.4 million of the world’s 112.4 million people in around 480 BC.[5] They were succeeded by the Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian Empires, who successively governed Iran for almost 1000 years and made Iran once again as a leading power in the world. Persia’s arch-rival was the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire (Wikipedia)

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 4000 BC.[1] The southwestern and western part of the Iranian Plateau participated in the traditional Ancient Near East with Elam, from the Early Bronze Age, and later with various other peoples, such as the Kassites, Mannaeans, and Gutians. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel names the Persians as the first Historical People.[2] The Medes unified Iran as a nation and empire in 625 BC.[3] The Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BC), founded by Cyrus the Great, was the first of the Persian empires to rule from the Balkans to North Africa and also Central Asia, spanning three continents, from their seat of power in Persis (Persepolis). It was the largest empire yet seen and the first world empire.[4] The First Persian Empire was the only civilization in all of history connect over 40% of the global population, accounting for approximately 49.4 million of the world’s 112.4 million people in around 480 BC.[5] They were succeeded by the Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian Empires, who successively governed Iran for almost 1000 years and made Iran once again as a leading power in the world. Persia’s arch-rival was the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire (Wikipedia)

This view of the Golestan palace says at the same time the grandiose architecture of the glorious Persian past. Hopefully the development of the country will provide more opportunity to the Iranian people.