UN Chief Highlights Tehran’s Contribution to Regional Security

Iran’s foreign minister has held wide-ranging talks with senior UN officials in New York on the sidelines of the world body’s major annual gathering
UN Chief Highlights Tehran’s Contribution to Regional Security
UN Chief Highlights Tehran’s Contribution to Regional Security

The UN chief hailed Iran’s contribution to promotion of peace and security in the Middle East region, and also expressed support for the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly.
The UN chief thanked Iran for contributing to peace and security in the troubled Middle East region, ISNA reported.
The UN chief said, “We have always supported the return of all parties to the Iran nuclear agreement, and hope to see its realization soon.”
Amir-Abdollahian said significant progress has been made in the course of negotiations on the restoration of the landmark nuclear accord.
“We believe that an agreement can be within reach if the American side shows realism,” the top Iranian diplomat underscored.
The United States, under former president Donald Trump, abandoned the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the agreement had lifted.
The talks to salvage the agreement started in the Austrian capital Vienna in April last year, months after Biden succeeded Trump, with the aim of reviving the JCPOA and removal of sanctions against Iran.
Despite notable progress, the US indecisiveness and procrastination caused multiple interruptions in the marathon talks.
Amir-Abdollahian pointed to illegal actions carried out by rioters, who exploited protests in several Iranian cities over the death of a young woman.
“We consider peaceful protest to be the right of all people. However, peaceful protests differ from chaos and disruption of national order and stability,” he said.
Protests have been staged in several Iranian cities over the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian woman who died at hospital a few days after collapsing at a police station in the capital Tehran.



Global Challenges

Also on Tuesday, the Iranian foreign minister met with Csaba Korosi, president of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
Amir-Abdollahian said Iran attaches great importance to the international event, and hopes that the current session will be an opportunity to exchange views to address global challenges in the fields of international peace and security.
He also briefed Korosi on the latest situation of JCPOA revival talks and the messages exchanged with the American side.
“Terrorism and extremism are still the main challenges in the Middle East region, and have turned into a source of serious concern for regional countries in the wake of deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan,” the foreign minister also said.
Amir-Abdollahian also pointed to the Resolution on Combating Sand and Dust Storms, proposed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and approved by the UNGA, describing sand and dust storms as a common problem of Middle Eastern states which threatens the health of millions of people.
Korosi expressed hope that Iran will play an active role in building consensus among UNGA member states, and introduction of draft resolutions.
He noted that the UN Security Council has failed to deal with many global issues, stating that the international community expects the General Assembly to be more active in dealing with issues related to global security. 
Korosi expressed hope that Iran would actively participate in the next International Conference on Water Resources Management, scheduled for March next year.



Humanitarian Issues 

Earlier on Monday, Amir-Abdollahian and a top UN official in New York had met to discuss the humanitarian situation around the world, especially in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine.
During the meeting with UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, Amir-Abdollahian noted that Iran supports efforts aimed at reducing human suffering around the word.
Pointing to the situation in Yemen, the Iranian minister said the UN is expected to pay attention to lifting the blockade of Yemen and facilitating political dialogue among Yemeni factions to strengthen the ceasefire in the war-torn country.
The two sides also discussed political developments and humanitarian situations in Afghanistan and Syria, with Amir-Abdollahian stating that approximately five million Afghan refugees reside in Iran, and many more enter Iranian borders on a daily basis, but the UN provides no humanitarian assistance to the large population.
Referring to the equitable distribution of humanitarian aid among Syrians, he urged international organizations to pay closer attention to the Syrians, who face a lack of safe drinking water and electricity, while terrorists and extremists in Idlib province thrive.
Concerning Iran’s efforts to help the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, the Iranian foreign minister called for more attention to Ukrainian refugees.
Griffiths expressed gratitude for Iran’s hospitality, particularly with regard to Afghan refugees, citing Iran as the world’s shining example of welcoming and assisting refugees.
He also stressed the importance of maintaining the ceasefire in Yemen and establishing economic stability, adding that Iran’s attention to the Ukrainian crisis is commendable.

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