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Iran hails Italy role in UN adoption of Rouhani’s WAVE
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An Iranian vice president has praised Italy for its role in the adoption of a UN resolution based on President Hassan Rouhani’s World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) proposal.

In a Sunday meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino in Tehran, Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi said Rome played an “important” role in the adoption of President Rouhani’s WAVE proposal by the UN General Assembly earlier this week.

“We hope this idea will be realized through efforts and will of all countries in the world, and we will witness a world free from violence and extremism,” said the Iranian official.

On December 18, the General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to approve Rouhani’s WAVE proposal, which calls on all nations across the globe to denounce violence and extremism. The Iranian president made the proposal in his address to the UN Disarmament Conference in New York on September 25.

Under the resolution, the Assembly would urge all member states to unite against violence and extremism in all its forms and manifestations, as well as sectarian violence.

Molaverdi further underlined the significance of Tehran-Rome relations, saying Bonino’s trip to the Islamic Republic would set the stage for further expansion of ties between the two nations.

The Italian foreign minister, for her part, hailed good ties between Tehran and Rome, saying that the two countries share close views on many issues.

Italy believes many existing problems in the world could be resolved through negotiations and interactions based on mutual respect, Bonino added.

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