TEHRAN – The UN Human Rights Council has been warned in advance by Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahian not to hold a meeting on Iran, saying such a move would hinder Iran’s relations with the West.
On Thursday night, the Iranian minister had a phone call with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and covered a wide range of topics.
Efforts by several Western countries to convene a UN Human Rights Council session on Iran were condemned by Amir Abdullahian, who also criticized the use of contradictory approaches.
As a true defender of human rights, Iran has shown great restraint in dealing with the recent violence, so the issue should not be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council, Amir Abdulahian said.
The Foreign Minister warned of the negative impact of UNHRC’s political moves on cooperation between Iran and the West.
“Contrary to the UN Charter, a few Western countries have exploited Iran’s demands for peace, encouraged violence, and taught them how to make weapons and Molotov cocktails in the media and social networks. It has brought instability,” the minister said. he lamented.
He referred to the October 26 terrorist attack on the Shah Cherag temple in Shiraz, which killed more than a dozen pilgrims, including women and children, and injured at least 30 others. He claimed such actions created the conditions for his Daesh terrorist attacks.
Amir Abdulahian also condemned Arab states’ “security and media” intervention in domestic unrest.
The foreign minister had openly referred to Saudi Arabia, which Iran’s intelligence services say has been implicated in the turmoil.
Saudi-funded Iran International, headquartered in London, was the main instigator of the riots in Iran.
Mr Guterres accused the Security Council of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
Riots broke out in Iran, killing dozens, including security personnel. According to Iranian intelligence, foreign intelligence services, especially her CIA, left their mark in the riots that erupted after the death of a young woman, Mercer Her Amini, which began in mid-September.
UN secretary general says Iran’s cooperation with IAEA is a smart move
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are in technical talks, which the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls appropriate bilateral cooperation.
On November 2, Foreign Minister Amir Abdullahian announced that an Iranian delegation was going to Vienna to meet with IAEA officials.
Iran had previously expressed its willingness to participate in technical discussions with IAEA experts over claims about its so-called “undeclared” nuclear facilities, which were based on fictitious information provided by the Israeli regime. .
Tehran has argued that the IAEA should refrain from politicizing the atmosphere surrounding Iran’s nuclear program and focus solely on its technical components in accordance with its mandate.
Amir Abdulahian further reminded Guterres that messages were exchanged between Tehran and Washington through the European Union.
The UN secretary-general praised Iran’s emphasis on dialogue and said the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the name given to the 2015 nuclear deal, will protect the interests of all parties. .
He said Iran’s continued cooperation with the IAEA was a smart move.
Iran cooperates with UN to extend Yemen ceasefire
Amir Abdullahian also claimed that Iran is working with the United Nations to extend the ceasefire in Yemen.
Iran’s chief diplomat added that Yemeni leaders and people would of course insist on the continuation of the ceasefire and the complete lifting of the blockade.
So far, the Saudi-led coalition has refused to lift the blockade on Yemen.
So far, the Yemeni militants have failed to reach an agreement to extend the ceasefire.
In a statement on October 3, the UN special envoy to Yemen called on all sides to refrain from provocations while negotiations continue after the October 2 deadline for the extension of the agreement expired.
The ceasefire between Yemen and the Saudi-led coalition originally went into effect in April and has since been extended twice more by the United Nations.
Yemen’s Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf declared in mid-October that negotiations on a ceasefire extension would not proceed until all of Yemen’s legitimate demands have been met.
In a meeting with Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday, Guterres praised Tehran for its “constructive” contribution to the fight against terrorism and helping bring about a ceasefire in Yemen. He also urged Tehran to continue working with UN Yemen envoy Hans Grundberg to maintain the current ceasefire.
Furthermore, the UN Secretary-General referred to recent talks with Iranian and Persian Gulf Arab diplomats, hoping for a new framework for regional cooperation to strengthen peace and stability in the region.
An Iranian minister elsewhere vehemently denied “baseless accusations” of shipping Iranian drones to Russia for use in the conflict in Ukraine.
Amir Abdullahian said on Nov. 5 that Iran gave Russia a handful of drones months before the conflict in Ukraine.
He also said talks between Iranian and Ukrainian officials had been planned two weeks ago as Iran’s political and defense teams traveled to Europe to meet a delegation from Ukraine. , Kyiv decided at the last minute not to attend the meeting, he said.
Iran contributes greatly to regional peace: Italy FM
Also in a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Amir Abdulahian, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tagjani emphasized Tehran’s contribution to improving peace and security in the West Asian region.
The Italian Foreign Minister stressed the importance of the Islamic Republic to regional stability.
“Both Iran and Italy are heirs to ancient civilizations and have the potential to enjoy vast and expanding bilateral relations,” Tajani continued.
The senior Italian diplomat also spoke of ongoing nuclear talks brokered by the European Union aimed at restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
In 2018, the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal and reinstated previously lifted sanctions.
Mr Tajani said the state “will do everything in its power” to ensure that the negotiations are a deal that benefits all parties.
Iran’s Foreign Minister provided an update on JCPOA revival talks and data on how the Islamic Republic continues to work with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
He also emphasized the desire to deepen political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.
A senior Iranian diplomat also thanked Tajani for Italy’s condemnation of the Oct. 26 terrorist attack in Shiraz.
Iran’s chief diplomat also addressed the issue of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine that began in February.
Amir Abdulahian reiterated Tehran’s position on the need to find a “political solution” and “cessation of war”, saying this was Tehran’s “principled and unwavering” approach to the war in Ukraine.
Amir Abdullahian therefore added that the Islamic Republic would continue its efforts to “advance the political process”, which could put an end to the fighting.
Iran and Oman’s chief diplomats meet on Iran sanctions
In a separate call on Thursday, Amir Abdulahian and his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr Al-Busaidi also focused on promoting bilateral ties while discussing recent developments in the region.
Amir Abdulahian and Al-Busaidi reviewed recent negotiations for sanctions relief, noting the strong ties between Iran and Oman and their desire to maintain, improve and deepen their mutual ties.
Amir Abdulahian cited the kindness of the Sultan of Oman as his Omani colleagues congratulated him on his efforts to create a good, robust and durable nuclear deal.