0653 GMT October 17, 2021
“The US uses sanctions against nations. The US uses terrorism against other nations for its own political goals – most notably the cowardly assassination of [Lieutenant] General [Qassem] Soleimani,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Thursday, Press TV reported.
Amir-Abdollahian underlined that a unified voice from the UN against such imperious conduct is necessary.
“Of course, Iran is pursuing [the case] nationally and internationally to bring to justice the perpetrators of the assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani and his companions,” he added.
Lieutenant General Soleimani, Iran’s top anti-terror commander, was assassinated in a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020. Iran has demanded justice for his assassination, but also targeted two US-run bases in Iraq as part of its revenge.
During the meeting, Amir-Abdollahian noted that the Islamic Republic supports the UN’s initiatives and welcomes its neutral and fair stances.
He said the need for the UN to play a serious and constructive role in the region is felt more than ever, particularly in Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.
Criticizing the UN’s inaction in the face of the Israeli regime’s atrocities against the oppressed Palestinian people, Iran’s top diplomat expressed hope that the trend would change during Guterres’ tenure.
Also regarding the situation in Syria, Amir-Abdollahian pointed out that parts of the Syrian soil have been occupied by foreign forces.
He added that the inhumane Saudi siege of Yemen must end.
During their meeting, the UN chief congratulated the Iranian foreign minister on winning a vote of confidence from the Parliament to run the ministry.
Amir-Abdollahian and Guterres further discussed other matters of mutual interest, including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement.
Commenting on the UN’s principled stance in rejecting the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, Guterres said he had always supported the 2015 nuclear deal, which was ditched by Washington in 2018 in pursuit of unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
He described as good cooperation between the UN and Tehran, saying the UN welcomes wider collaborations with Iran.
Hailing Iran’s stance concerning the recent developments in Afghanistan, Guterres said he too believes that an all-inclusive government should be formed in Afghanistan so that different groups, ethnicities and genders could play a role in their country’s future.
He also noted that the UN mission in Afghanistan has become much more serious, emphasizing that Iran is a close partner with the global body with regard to the Afghan issue.
In addition, speaking to the president of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Iran’s foreign minister reiterated that US perpetration of terrorism is epitomized by the assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani.
“The assassination of Martyr [Lieutenant] General Soleimani, the great General of Peace, by the United States on the Iraqi soil, was one of the most obvious instances of terrorism,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with Abdulla Shahid on Thursday in New York.
Amir-Abdollahian also met his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov, on Thursday, saying the Iranian administration under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi gives special priority to the country’s relations with the neighboring countries.
Pointing out that the two countries have supported each other in international and regional forums, the senior Iranian diplomat said this spirit needs to be maintained by the two sides.
He called Tehran-Baku ties very important and voiced hope that the agreements between the two would be implemented.
The Islamic Republic has always supported Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, he said, adding that no third party should be allowed to affect good relations between Tehran and Baku.
Bayramov thanked Iran’s support for his country’s territorial integrity and described bilateral relations as having very positive dynamics and being in the right direction.
He welcomed the holding of a trilateral meeting between Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan in Tehran.
Both foreign ministers also voiced readiness to pursue joint projects in different fields.
‘Iran ready to help Nicaragua’
In another meeting with his Nicaraguan counterpart Denis Moncada, Amir-Abdollahian condemned US cruel sanctions against the Central American country.
He also expressed Iran’s readiness to further cooperate with Nicaragua in its fight against the sanctions, in particular those recently imposed by US Congress.
Moncada thanked Iran for its support and voiced his country’s readiness for wider collaborations with the Islamic Republic in various fields.
He also described the recent phone call between the two countries’ presidents as positive and constructive.