Since Hassan Rowhani has been elected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have attended talks in New York with the UN General Assembly, traveled to Geneva three times to discuss Iran’s nuclear program with the P5+1 world powers, and reached a provisional nuclear deal within a month of negotiations. Overall, Iranian leaders seemed to have scored a victory by preserving their geopolitical, strategic, and national interests.
"In order to achieve a positive outcome in Iran’s attempts at restoring relationships with the Gulf, it needs to address several other key geopolitical issues beyond its nuclear agenda."Majid Rafizadeh
Iran's ties with GCC states, and their Arab neighbors in the Gulf region, have deteriorated considerably in recent years under Ahmadinejad’s era, much of which is due to the former president’s aggressive style of diplomacy. Zarif’s recent trips to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, appear to be focused on undoing years of accumulated regional tensions and restoring relations.