0658 GMT September 26, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said although the Islamic Republic welcomes repairing relations with Saudi Arabia, it stresses that the process must move ahead on the basis of the previously achieved agreements between the two sides.
Raeisi made the remark in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on the sidelines of the 77th annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday in New York, president.ir reported.
He hailed Iraq and Kadhimi for their goodwill and efforts to improve ties among regional countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The Iranian president stressed that fixing ties with Saudi Arabia must be done based on the past agreements reached between the two countries’ officials in Iraq.
He stressed that the Islamic Republic has always taken into consideration the interests of the Muslim world in its regional relations.
Raeisi expressed hope that the process of Iraq’s parliamentary elections would come to fruition as soon as possible on the back of dialogue and consensus among all sides in the Arab state and a powerful government would be formed.
The Iranian president also praised the Iraqi government and nation for their warm hospitality during the Arbaeen ceremonies and glorious holding of the event.
Arbaeen marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Imam of Shia Muslims. It brings together millions of people from across the world in an 80-kilometer walk between the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.
The Iraqi prime minister appreciated the Iranian government’s goodwill and efforts to increase cooperation with his country.
‘No change in U.S. behavior’
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) attends a meeting with his Swiss counterpart, Ignazio Cassis, on the sidelines of the
77th annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, U.S., on September 20, 2022.
On the same day, Raeisi met his Swiss counterpart, Ignazio Cassis, saying the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has taken no practical step that would indicate a policy shift toward Iran despite claiming that it wants to reverse its predecessor’s pressure campaign and rejoin a 2015 nuclear deal, Press TV wrote.
“We have so far not observed a practical and serious step that would illustrate a shift in the U.S. behavior and removal of cruel sanctions [against Iran],” despite the fact that the incumbent U.S. administration claims it is opposed to ex-president Donald Trump’s policies, he noted.
Raeisi blamed Washington’s indecisiveness for the deadlock in the talks over revival of the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“It was America which withdrew from the JCPOA, not Iran. Even though Iran has stood committed to its obligations, the Western parties to the accord have failed to honor theirs,” the Iranian president pointed out.
Raeisi underscored that Tehran’s demands for guarantees from the United States before the JCPOA is restored are absolutely logical given Washington’s track record.
He said the Islamic Republic has kept progressing despite 40 years of pressure and sanctions, proving that the coercive measures are totally ineffective.
Raeisi also hailed the friendly relations between Iran and Switzerland, calling for expansion of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, particularly in banking and financial sectors.
Cassis emphasized that Iran and the Middle East region’s security guarantees that of Europe.
He also welcomed further development of monetary and banking cooperation between Bern and Tehran.
“In 2016, a roadmap was drawn to improve trade relations between the two countries, which we still adhere to. We believe that political and geopolitical hurdles should be overcome in order for cooperation between the two countries to advance,” the Swiss president said.
The United States, under Trump, abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the agreement had lifted.
The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in the Austrian capital city of Vienna in April last year, months after Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.
Despite notable progress, the U.S. indecisiveness and procrastination caused multiple interruptions in the marathon talks.