0413 GMT November 30, 2022
Guterres held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, Press TV reported.
The UN chief thanked Iran for greatly contributing to peace and security in the troubled Middle East region, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
“We have always supported the return of all parties to the Iran nuclear agreement, and hope to see its realization soon,” he said.
Amir-Abdollahian said remarkable progress has been made in the course of the negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, called the JCPOA, between Iran and world powers.
“We believe that an agreement can be within reach if the American side shows realism,” the top Iranian diplomat underscored.
Amir-Abdollahian also commented on recent desecration of Islamic sanctities and acts of vandalism by rioters, who exploited a series of protests in several Iranian cities over the death of a young woman, known as Mahsa Amini.
“We consider peaceful protests to be the right of all people. However, peaceful protests differ from chaos and disruption of national order and stability,” he said.
Protests broke out in several Iranian cities over Amini’s September 16 death. She died at hospital a few days after collapsing at a police station in the capital Tehran, where she and a group of others were receiving educational training on dress code rules.
Iranian officials have provided preliminary clarifications on Amini’s case, while investigations are still ongoing.
Also on Tuesday, the Iranian foreign minister met with Csaba Korosi, the president of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
Amir-Abdollahian stated that Iran attaches great importance to the international event, and hopes that the current session will be an opportunity to exchange views in order to address global challenges in the fields of international peace and security.
He also briefed Korosi on the latest situation of JCPOA revival talks and the messages exchanged with the American side.