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Iran dismisses US, Israel outrage over election as vice president of UN General Assembly

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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A senior Iranian diplomat has roundly dismissed the outrageous remarks by US and Israeli diplomats concerning the appointment of the Islamic Republic as the vice president of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“A country, which has flaunted unilateralism and undermined multi-lateralism for decades, and eroded the credibility of the UN by means of abusing its veto power in support of the Zionist apartheid regime, is enraged over member states of the organization voting for Iran to hold some positions in the body,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Saturday.

He added, “The wind of change is not blowing in favor of the US and Israel.”

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday appointed the permanent envoy of the Islamic Republic of Iran as the vice president of the 78th meeting of the UN General Assembly.

With this decision, Iran has been appointed as one of the first vice presidents of the General Assembly of Asia-Pacific Group in the upcoming meeting of the Assembly, which will begin next September with the participation of high-profile officials of countries.

The General Assembly also unanimously appointed the candidate of Iran as the rapporteur of the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Committee of the General Assembly and a member of the board of this committee.

US Representative for UN Management and Reform, Chris Lu, angrily objected to Iran’s appointment as a vice president for the 78th session of the General Assembly, stating that Washington dissociates from the appointment.

US Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs Robert Wood also echoed Lu’s remarks, expressing what he described as the White House’s deep concern over the selection of Iran as Rapporteur for the First Committee Bureau.

Moreover, Israeli regime Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon used the podium to speak against the election and level accusations against Iran.

Iran's appointments defy the US mission in New York, which had been busy lobbying in diplomatic circles over the past few weeks to block the Islamic Republic's election to the two positions.

Earlier, Iran's candidacy for the post had received the endorsement of 56 members of the Asia-Pacific group.

The UN General Assembly is one of the six pillars of the UN and the only one where all 193 member states have a voice.

It has broad authority in the fields of political, economic, cultural and social cooperation; has the right to discuss and make recommendations on matters falling within the scope of the Charter or any matter within the competence of any organ of the UN, for the purpose of promoting international cooperation on a global scale.

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