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Top Iranian diplomat dismisses unilateralism as 'obsolete doctrine' on global stage

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollain (3rd L) meets with Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz (2nd R) in Havana, Cuba, on February 4, 2023. (Photo by Iran’s Foreign Ministry)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has dismissed unilateralism as "an obsolete doctrine" in the face of unfolding developments across the globe.

He rejected unilateralism as an outdated and behind-the-times approach, which cannot respond to the developments and great changes that are taking place worldwide.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a meeting with Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz in Havana late on Saturday.

Maintaining the need to enhance Tehran's relations with Cuba in various fields, Amir-Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic is determined to promote political relations with the Central American state, describing the economic cooperation between the two countries as extensive and outstanding.

Cabrisas Ruiz, for his part, called for facilitating and expanding trade interactions and improving economic relations between Cuba and Iran.

In an early Sunday meeting between Amir-Abdollahian and his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, the two diplomats condemned the unilateral US-led sanctions and foreign interference and exchanged viewpoints for closer interaction between the two countries in international organizations.

Amir-Abdollahian said while the ties between Iran and Cuba are founded upon strong and historical pillars amid perfect political relations, they share common views and purposes in defending their independence and countering unilateralism.

The Iranian foreign minister also condemned foreign interference in Cuba’s internal affairs and Washington’s role in the anti-government rallies that rocked the island country in July 2021, saying that, “The US and a number of Western countries are pursuing the policy of imposing sanctions and at the same time interference by creating and fueling riots in the independent states.”

For his part, Rodriguez described the expansion of relations with Iran as a top priority for Cuba.

He also denounced unilateral sanctions and foreign interference in the domestic affairs of others, expressing gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Iran for supporting Cuba.

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