President: Western Media's Coverage of Iran's Developments Not Match Facts
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi slammed Western media outlets for overturning the realities about his country, and asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to follow the Iran news through the reliable channels.
Rayeesi told Guterres during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday that interaction and cooperation with the world body is Iran’s principle.
The president asked the UN chief to follow his country's news directly and through the correct channel as Western media do not present a true image of the country.
He stressed that Tehran stands ready to contribute to the expansion of peace across the globe and the prevention of oppression against nations.
Iran's president added the UN is tasked to pay attention to calls by nations for the exercise of justice, as well as the establishment of sustainable security, and the elimination of discrimination and poverty.
The chief executive stressed that people expect the UN "to avert excessive demands and warmongering" by the world powers and the domination system, warning that such dangerous procedures disrupt global peace and stability.
Rayeesi further highlighted concerns about the political and social future of Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria, as well as separatism in Africa, saying the UN has an important mission to prevent oppression against the people of these countries.
He also hailed the unique gender justice and attention to women's rights in Iran, citing the presence of Iranian women and girls in scientific, sports, social and cultural fields as an example.
Guterres, for his part, voiced his keenness to develop collaboration between the UN and Tehran.
He further welcomed positive steps in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, saying the two countries can influence regional stability.
Lauding Iran's constructive role regarding developments in Yemen, the UN chief also emphasized the world organization's support for Tehran's initiatives to end the crisis gripping the impoverished state.
Iranian officials have repeatedly rebuked the Western media fuss about Tehran as an attempt to foment Iranophobia and justify the US and Europe’s anti-human rights measures.
They stressed that creating external crisis and engaging in blame games are among the hackneyed tactics of certain Western states to cover up their internal crises. They noted that the purpose of the media war and political pressures on Iran is to whitewash crimes committed by Washington's allies in West Asia.
Back in mid-November, President Rayeesi said Iran is facing a media war, specially during the recent unrest over the death of Mahsa Amini. He added that those involved in the media warfare against Iran are trying to change public understanding of issues, magnify weaknesses and downplay strong points.
Iranian officials say Tehran plans to file complaints at international legal bodies against a number of news networks over their roles on inciting unrest in the country.
In early November, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that "the enemy, namely the United States, the Zionist regime, some insidious and malicious European powers and some groups, came to the field with all of their capabilities".
"They used their intelligence agencies, media capacity and the internet as well as their experiences in Iran and other countries to harm the Iranian nation," he added.
The United States has in recent months slapped sanctions on dozens of top employees at the Iranian state-owned media outlets as well as several news agencies.