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On November 28, 1943, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill met in secret in the Iranian capital of Tehran. It was the first time the three leaders of the major Allied powers had ever been face to face. Churchill commented: “It probably represented the greatest concentration of worldly power that had ever been seen in the history of mankind.”

At the conference, the leaders laid the groundwork for a breakthrough in war operations. Despite the different views, the atmosphere was friendly. There was a real hope that building a new international order based on peace and multilateralism was possible. But often, in history, the dreams for the future shatter against the hardness of the present.