News ID: 291524
Published: 0252 GMT March 12, 2021

Iran, 15 other countries forming coalition at UN against unilateral sanctions

Iran, 15 other countries forming coalition at UN against unilateral sanctions

A group of 16 countries, including Iran, Russia and China, is pushing to create a coalition at the United Nations to defend the US Charter by pushing back against the use or threat of force and unilateral sanctions.

A concept note for the “Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations,” seen by Reuters on Thursday, states that multilateralism “is currently under an unprecedented attack, which, in turn, threatens global peace and security”.

Other founding members of the group are Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cuba, Eritrea, Laos, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela.

The concept note said, “The world is seeing a growing resort to unilateralism, marked by isolationist and arbitrary actions, including the imposition of unilateral coercive measures or the withdrawal from landmark agreements and multilateral institutions, as well as by attempts to undermine critical efforts to tackle common and global challenges.”

The members of the group have been under sanctions by former US administration, with Iran over its nuclear program, China over alleged technology theft and Russia over the 2014 reunification of Crimea, Press TV wrote.

Former US president Donald Trump was also internationally criticized for his unilateral and isolationist approaches after his administration announced plans to quit the World Health Organization, pulled out of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN cultural agency UNESCO, the Paris climate accord and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, has pledged to reverse Washington’s previous course but has yet to fully deliver.




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