Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Thursday in a telephone conversation with his Finnish counterpart, Pekka Haavisto, in which the two sides also discussed the latest developments in the bilateral ties, the sanctions removal negotiations, and the latest incidents in Iran, including the exploitation of rioters by the outsiders and foreign interference in Iran’s domestic affairs, Tasnim News Agency reported.
On the Ukraine crisis, Amir-Abdollahian said, “Although some countries provided military support to Ukraine, we never sent and will never send any weapons to Russia for use in the war against Ukraine since we believe that the solution to this crisis is political and offering any arms support to the two sides delays the chance for peace.”
Commenting on the developments inside Iran, he said, “We attach great significance to giving attention to the rights of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and women are currently playing a highly effective role in different sectors such as universities, science, medicine, education, administrative affairs and technology.”
“Peaceful protests are part of the recent incidents in Iran, which we support under the country’s Constitution, and we consider it to be a legitimate right of the people to raise their peaceful demands and have always paid attention and responded to them,” Amir-Abdollahian added.
“However, in the middle of this, some rioters, directed from abroad and provoked by foreign-based TV channels, destroyed public property and attacked the people and the police with firearms and cold weapons; measures that are acceptable nowhere in the world,” the Iranian foreign minister stated.
Amir-Abdollahian recalled the incidents that unfolded in the United States in the case of the occupation of the U.S. Congress, saying then, American officials blocked people’s access to the Internet for quite some time and even closed the social media accounts of former president Donald Trump on national security grounds. He questioned, “Did Europe’s council of ministers express any concerns back then?”
The Finnish foreign minister thanked his Iranian counterpart for briefing him on the latest situation of the talks on the removal of sanctions and the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, expressing hope that a final deal would soon be reached.
Referring to Ukraine’s crisis, Haavisto said Russia’s military action runs counter to the Charter of the United Nations, and that Ukraine, as an independent country, reserves the right to defend itself.