Envoy to UN to Strive for Better Int’l Relations

Envoy to UN to Strive for Better Int’l Relations    Envoy to UN to Strive for Better Int’l Relations

The new ambassador to the United Nations stressed Tehran's readiness for closer and greater cooperation with the international community to contribute to the world's development and help address global challenges.

Gholamali Khoshroo said terrorism is a challenge that requires immediate action and said, "The wave of terrorism that has engulfed the region is the fruit of the interference of those states that sought to take advantage of terrorists for their own benefits," adding, "Western countries should learn from the Islamic Republic in combating terrorism," ISNA reported.

Khoshroo made the remarks after submitting his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday.

He referred to extremism, terrorism, arms race, foreign interference, sanctions and foreign pressure as "a recipe for insecurity" and said, "Our goal in the UN is to help eliminate the causes of insecurity."  

In reference to western sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear activities, the diplomat said establishing peace and security in the world would be impossible unless certain countries avoid "meddlesome and discriminatory policies based on threat and sanctions" and instead choose "cooperation based on basic principles of humanity, dignity and honor."  

Khoshroo is among the most experienced diplomats in President Hassan Rouhani's foreign policy team and was appointed as Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations in New York last month.

His appointment came one year after the United States refused to issue a visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, who was nominated as the ambassador to the UN last year.

The US Congress put pressure on President Barack Obama not to allow Aboutalebi to enter the country because of his involvement in the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

Khoshroo, who is a Ph.D. graduate in sociology from the United States, was the envoy to Switzerland when he was appointed to head Iran's UN mission.

He had previously served as ambassador to the UN and deputy foreign minister in the 80s and 90s.