New York, 23 September 2022 (TDI): President of Iran, Ayatollah Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi met with António Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), on Thursday evening where they exchanged views on regional and international issues.

The meeting happened on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) on Thursday.

President of Iran, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, in his meeting with the Secretary-General, emphasized the importance of the UN in giving nations a role to solve their problems.

Emphasizing the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a regional friend, President Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi said that the country has always helped its neighbors in difficult times.

Talking about the Afghan refugee crises, he further added that Iran has continued support of humanitarian aid to Afghan immigrants.

In addition to that, referring to the current crises in some countries of the region, the President described their solution of them to be the formation of national dialogues.

Emphasizing Iran’s support for regional dialogues to resolve issues between countries, he urged the Secretary-General to provide justice through his role to those in need.

“If justice and fairness are implemented from this position, you will leave a great name behind in the history of this world organization,” he stated.

Remarks of the UN Secretary-General

The Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, also appreciated the continuous actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in providing shelter to Afghan refugees.

Moreover, he also praised Iran’s role in the Yemeni ceasefire. “The withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear agreement was an unconstructive and very distressing action,” he said in his statement.

Referring to Iran’s initiative to create a framework for regional dialogues, he said that the UN fully supports the constructive initiative.

Furthermore, affirming the positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the issue of human rights, he stated that “Human rights should not be used as a tool and pretext for war against countries.”

Antonio Guterres also expressed his displeasure with the non-suspension of sanctions against Iran despite the COVID-19 Pandemic.

He said, “Iran has an old civilization and is an indispensable and undeniable part of today’s world, and the considerations of the Islamic Republic of solving the problems of Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Afghanistan by the hands of their own people are reasonable.”