0614 GMT September 26, 2022
International affairs expert
President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi's visit to New York and his address to the UN General Assembly were an opportunity for Iran to present its positions directly to the governments and public opinion. Since most of the mainstream media are usually directed by the big powers, the UNGA was a great platform through which Iran was able to openly criticize unilateralism and explain the situation of the JCPOA revival.
The meetings that the president and the foreign minister had with the delegations of other countries on the sidelines of the UNGA were a good opportunity for paving the ground for the development of relations and cooperation. Raeisi's meeting with Iranians living in the United States was one of the positive points of his trip. Iranians, who may not have much knowledge and familiarity with domestic developments due to the influence of American media and policies, grasped this opportunity to talks with the president and raise their concerns directly.
Dialogue with foreign media was also another positive point, as they could hear the facts about Iran and its positions from the president. In fact, the president’s speech at the UNGA and his meetings were fruitful both in terms of official and public diplomacy.
But the most important part of the trip, in my opinion, was Raeisi’s UNGA speech, in which he explained Iran's views on two important issues, namely criticism of unilateralism and dialogues to revive the JCPOA. But the address also sent other important messages.
One of these clear messages was that Iran is looking for a world free of nuclear weapons and sanctions. Sanctions are inhuman. Another important message was that the president called on the world to work together for multilateralism and as he outlined how detrimental unilateralism is. Another important message was Raeisi’s emphasis on the importance of justice in international relations and cooperation between countries.
From Raeisi and Iran's point of view, if any action or relationship does not bring about fair results, it will be harmful for humanity.
Raeisi's move in showing a profile of General Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force who was assassinated by American forces in Iraq, and his emphasis on seeking to bring to justice the perpetrators, were also a good initiative which drew many reactions globally and received wide media coverage.