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Iran ready to help UN promote global peace: President Raeisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2023. (Photo by

President Ebrahim Raeisi has expressed Iran’s readiness to cooperate with the United Nations in its efforts aimed at promoting global peace and preventing oppression against nations.

He made the remarks during a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

Raeisi said that cooperation with the UN is the Islamic Republic’s principle, stressing that the country stands ready to contribute to the expansion of peace and security across the world and the prevention of oppression against nations.

Appreciating the UN endeavors, he said the world body 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.

People expect the UN to avert excessive demands and warmongering by the world powers and the domination system, he added, warning that such dangerous procedures disrupt global peace and stability.

The Iranian chief executive 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.

Meanwhile, Raeisi asked the UN chief to follow the Iran news directly and through the correct channel as Western media do not present a true image of the country.

He also hailed the unique gender justice and attention to women's rights in the Islamic Republic, 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 cooperation between the United Nations and the Islamic Republic.

He further welcomed positive steps in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, saying the two countries can influence regional stability.

Praising Iran's constructive role regarding developments in Yemen, Guterres also emphasized the UN support for Tehran's initiatives to end the crisis gripping the impoverished state.

The Iranian president has traveled to New York to take part in the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and hold key talks with senior officials attending the event.

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