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UN chief welcomes prospect of Iran forces serving as peacekeepers: Official

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reportedly welcomed a proposal made by Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi for the country's forces to act as peacekeepers around the world.

Mohammad Jamshidi, the Iranian president's deputy chief of staff for political affairs, announced the development in a post on X, the social media network that was formerly known as Twitter, on Friday.

Raeisi put forward the proposal to the UN chief during the Iranian chief executive's earlier trip to New York, to which he had traveled to address the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.

"Dr. Raeisi put forward two proposals to the UN secretary-general, which were welcomed by him (the UN chief)," Jamshidi wrote.

He identified the first proposal as an "application of the capacities and capabilities [that are offered] by the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic towards participation in peacekeeping operations."

Meeting with Guterres on Monday, the Iranian president expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to cooperate with the United Nations in its efforts aimed at promoting global peace and preventing oppression against nations.

This is not the first time the Islamic Republic has proposed contributing to the world body's peacekeeping missions.

Back in 2016, Gholam-Ali Khoshrou, Iran’s former UN ambassador, told the General Assembly that the country could provide security forces and logistical support to such missions.

According to Jamshidi, Raeisi also presented Guterres with another proposal that was similarly met with the UN chief's approval, namely the appointment of capable Iranian diplomats and experts to various positions across the world body.

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