Iran Underlines Necessity for UN to Act as Independent Body
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi underscored that the decisions made by the United Nations should be stay away from any discrimination and injustice, calling on the international organization not to be influenced by major world powers.
President Rayeesi made the remarks in Tehran on Sunday night before leaving for New York to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The president emphasized that decisions made by the United Nations must be free from "discrimination and injustice", and "should not be affected by the big powers".
Elswhere in his remarks, Rayeesi stated that interaction with world countries as well as regional and international organizations is one of the pillars of Tehran's policy.
"One of the pillars of the Islamic Republic's policy is interaction with world countries as well as regional, extra-regional and international organizations," the president said.
He added that as a member of the United Nations, Iran expects the world body to play a determining role in promoting global development, security and stability, peace and justice.
Noting that his trip will help enhance Iran's bilateral relations with other countries participating in the UNGA session, Iran's president said, "I will hold mutual meetings with those heads of state who have taken part in the General Assembly's meeting."
“Countering the enemy’s media empire is on the agenda [of my visit to New York] and I will be the voice of the Iranian people to explain the facts [about Iran] to [other] governments and nations,” he added.
"I hope this trip would be effective in accomplishing the mission that the people [of Iran] have entrusted to the administration, and we would [be able to] meet the expectations and convey the viewpoints of the Leader of the [Islamic] Revolution [Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei], and also explain the standpoints of the Islamic Republic of Iran," the president continued.
The 78th UNGA session will take place on September 18-26.
President Rayeesi will give an address in the UN General Assembly on Tuesday and meet other heads of state and other international figures on the sidelines.
He will also attend a gathering with Iranian expatriates and economic activists residing in the United States.
Tehran has ruled out the possibility of any meeting between President Rayeesi and his American counterpart Joe Biden on the sideline of the UNGA.
Speaking during a weekly press briefing in late August about the likelihood of a meeting between Rayeesi and Biden in New York, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kana'ani stated "such a plan is not on the agenda".
Iran and the US has recently reached an agreement, mediated by a third country, to resolve some issues. The deal includes an exchange of prisoners as a humanitarian issue and also the unfreezing of Iranian funds illegally blocked abroad.
Iranian officials have repeatedly ruled out holding direct talks with the United States, citing Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal that nullifies its membership of the agreement.
President Rayeesi has in mid-August described the US government as "untrustworthy", and further underlined that Tehran has never bowed out of negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal.
He reiterated Tehran’s position on multilateral negotiations to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, underscoring that Iran has the upper hand as a country that never left the agreement or the negotiations to revive it after the United States unilaterally withdrew.
However, the president continued, “We have not trusted them (the US) whatsoever and will never trust them.”
Iran's president made clear that his administration is pursuing a policy of “neutralizing” the sanctions while attending the talks aimed at lifting them.
“We’re reaching for that end with all our might because we’ve seen their breaches of promises,” Rayeesi stressed.