Thursday, September 28, 2023

Int'l Relations

UNSC rejects Russia-proposed resolution on extending aid mechanism in Syria

The United Nations Security Council did not adopt Russia’s draft resolution on a six-month extension of the cross-border aid mechanism in Syria.

West must be held accountable for helping Saddam during war: Iran Envoy

Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Amir Saeed Iravani has strongly criticized certain western countries for supporting and helping former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein during the war against Tehran, stressing that they should be held accountable for what they have done.

UK, Canada, Ukraine, Sweden pursue ‘political objectives’ by taking legal action at UN court against Iran: Foreign Ministry

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has announced that the UK, Canada, Ukraine and Sweden have failed to live by their own stated commitments to resolving the row over the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in 2020 through diplomatic channels by referring the case to the World Court. The ministry stressed that the four Western countries were pursuing their "political objectives and interests" by taking legal action at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Iran.

Russia says evidence of Iranian drone use in Ukraine “ridiculous”

All the "evidence" of the alleged use of Iranian drones in Ukraine is laughable, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday.

Iran FM says NAM has potential to affect global power equations

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) can unite its 120 member states and affect global power equations.

President Raisi says Iran’s SCO membership will have historical benefits

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has highlighted the long-term and positive impacts of Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. He stated that Tehran’s membership in the SCO will have historical benefits. He made the remarks in an address to the 23rd SCO summit which was held via video conference.

Iran’s UN mission: Israel responds only to logic of force, not dialog

The Iranian Permanent Mission to the United Nations condemns the Israeli regime’s acts of aggression against the Palestinian Jenin refugee camp, saying Tel Aviv only understands the logic of force, and not dialog or compromise.

First direct flight from Tehran to Cairo to fly within 45 days

Iran’s Air Travel and Tourism Services Society says a first direct flight from Tehran to the Egyptian capital of Cairo will be established within a month and a half.

Albania says MKO not allowed to act against Iran from Albanian soil 

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama says the MKO terrorist organization cannot use Albania’s territory as a launchpad for acting against Iran.

UN expresses concern about surging terror acts by Israeli settlers in WB

The United Nations has raised the alarm over surging violence by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, slamming it as "terrorism" against Palestinians.

Iran’s envoy urges international support for Tehran’s fight against drug trafficking

Iran’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna has called for global support for Tehran’s fight against drugs, particularly from countries benefiting the most from the reduction in production and smuggling of narcotics.

UN says US treatment of Guantanamo prisoners ‘inhuman and degrading’

The United Nations has announced that the US government's treatment of the Guantanamo Bay inmates was cruel, inhuman and degrading under international law, calling Washington to apologise and provide reparations to the detainees.

Iran rejects claims by US and allies over drones, calls it political show

Tehran slams anti-Iran action by US, Ukraine and 3 European countries as “a political show aimed at affecting” UN chief’s report on Iran abiding by its commitments under the nuclear deal.

UN envoy says Afghan women ban makes Taliban recognition “nearly impossible”

The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has said that it will be “nearly impossible” for the international community to recognize the Taliban government as long as restrictions on women and girls remain in place in the war-ravaged country.

Iran envoy says US sanctions impede efforts to tackle climate change

Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations Amir Saeid Iravani has said unilateral sanctions act as barriers to the targeted countries’ contributions to global efforts aimed at combating climate change problems. He also demanded an immediate stop to the coercive measures.

US envoy to UN calls for probe into “Iran’s transfer of drones to Russia”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, has called for an investigation into reports of “Iran’s transfer of combat drones to Russia” for use in the war against Ukraine.

UN envoy urges parties to Yemen conflict to take ‘serious steps’ to end war

UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg has called on both parties to the war in Yemen to take “serious steps” toward lasting peace amid intensified mediation efforts and end the eight-year conflict.

Iran writes letter to UN chief, warns US, Israel against any military action

The Iranian permanent ambassador to the UN Amir Saeid Iravani has reiterated Iran’s right to respond to any act of aggression by the Israeli regime against Tehran’s nuclear program, warning that Iran will hold the US accountable for explicitly supporting such terrorist moves.

China ready for partnership efforts with Iran, others against global challenges: Envoy

Beijing’s ambassador to Iran says China is open to joint efforts with Iran and other countries with the goal of facilitating development and confronting the challenges facing the global community.

Deputy UN chief says talks with Iran FM on humanitarian issues ‘constructive’

UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths says he has held “constructive talks” with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on a range of topics, including the anti-Iran sanctions and the crisis in Afghanistan.

Russia calls for relocation of UN headquarters to Geneva or Vienna

Russia would prefer that the UN headquarters be moved to a more neutral place, such as Geneva or Vienna, Pyotr Ilychev, the director of the department for international organizations at the Russian Foreign Ministry, told TASS.

Iran UN envoy: US withdrawal from nuclear deal clear example of unilateralism

Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amir Saied Iravani has warned that Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA, is among measures threatening multilateralism in the world.

World military spending rises to record, US tops list: Report

Global military expenditure reached an all-time high of $2.24 trillion in 2022, rising 3.7% compared to the previous year, according to data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Europe sees its steepest year-on-year increase in military spending in at least 30 years, while the US is continuing to top the list.

Dozens of rights groups warn UN against antisemitism definition

More than 100 human rights and civil rights organizations have warned the United Nations against the use of a definition of antisemitism that could be exploited to restrict criticism of the Israeli occupation and undermine support for Palestinian rights.

UN says Taliban recognition not a focus of Afghanistan meeting in Qatar

A UN-convened meeting on Afghanistan next month in Qatar will not focus on the possible international recognition of the Taliban administration, a UN spokesperson has stressed after comments by the deputy UN chief sparked concern and confusion over the issue.

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