0705 GMT January 20, 2022
Iran condemns the continuation of U.S. unjust and restricting measures against its maritime transport industry that threaten the seafaring safety and security.
Iran’s Port and Maritime Organization (PMO) CEO Ali Akbar Safaei made the remarks in an address to the 32nd session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly held online, adding the IMO founding is based on cooperation among member states to maintain and ensure seafaring safety and security, protect the marine environment and improve shipping productivity, IRNA reported.
He regretted that despite the favorable role played by Iran in IMO’s specialized and technical issues and the country’s effective implementation of the maritime treaties as a responsible member state, “we are still witnessing a number of unjust and restricting measures by one of the IMO members, the U.S., against the Iranian maritime transport industry”.
Safaei added the Iranian government strongly slams and condemns such measures, which are in contradiction with the spirit of maritime treaties and international law principles and flagrant violations of IMO conventions.
He called on all member states to pay attention to the negative impacts of U.S. measures, urging the U.S. to be accountable for its actions to the international community and stop them.
The PMO chief said to ensure security, stability, peace and sustainable development in the world, the cruel and unilateral sanctions that are in contradiction with the UN Charter and IMO conventions and threaten the maritime industry need to be lifted and terrorist attacks on ships must stop.
The 32nd session of the IMO Assembly, attended by 174 member states, began on Monday evening, and due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus spread was held online.
Safaei, also the deputy minister of roads and urban development, was the head of the Iranian delegation at the 32nd session.
The session’s agenda included reviewing IMO Council reports on activities in the last two years and its approval of budget and IMO structure reforms as well as discussing reports by major IMO committees such as Legal Committee, the Marine Conservation Committee, the Maritime Traffic Facilitation Committee, the Technical Cooperation Committee and the Maritime Safety Committee.
The assembly is the IMO’s highest governing body. It is responsible for approving the work program and budget, determining financial arrangements and electing the IMO Council members. The assembly consists of all IMO member states and meets once every two years.