Iran Attaches Great Significance to Regional and Global Security: President

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that efforts to help establish peace and security in the Middle East region and other parts of the world are among the priorities of the Islamic Republic.

Speaking to reporters before flying to Venezuela to participate in the 17th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Friday, President Rouhani pointed to the spread of insecurity in the world and said, “Unfortunately, the region and the world are not in proper conditions today.”

He further emphasized that all countries should be after the establishment of peace, stability and security in the world.

“Peace, non-interference in the national sovereignty of other countries and consultations in line with (efforts to) resolve the problems of the developing world are highly important to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Rouhani noted.

The president further pointed to his visit to Venezuela and said the issue of global peace is high on the agenda of the NAM summit, which is the second largest gathering of heads of states after the UN General Assembly.

The 17th NAM summit started in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on September 15, and will wrap up September 18.

Rouhani is also slated to deliver a speech at the summit. He will later hand over the NAM rotating presidency for three years to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro.

At the conclusion of the Venezuela visit, President Rouhani will travel to Havana at the formal invitation of his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro.

During his stay in the Caribbean island nation, President Rouhani will meet with his Cuban counterpart and also Fidel Castro, while high-ranking delegations from the two countries are expected to hold negotiations and sign multiple cooperation agreements.

President Rouhani will finally pay a two-day visit to New York to attend the 71st Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In addition to an address to the UNGA, the president is scheduled to hold several meetings with top foreign officials, religious leaders and political elites in New York.