By Iran Review
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran opposes foreign interference in regional affairs, calling for the resolution of the existing crises through dialog.
Salehi stressed that human rights should not become an excuse for such interference in the hands of certain powers, which have a long record of violating human rights.
“It’s been over a year now that we’re observing the developments in the Middle East and North Africa. No power can ignore the legitimate demands of the people…we believe that dialog, respecting human rights, and acknowledging the basic needs of people is the only way to overcome challenges that have been caused by dictatorial regimes,” he said.
“Valid and independent political entities should enter dialog to pave the way for national reconciliation in a secure environment, away from foreign threats and interference,” the Iranian foreign minister added.
“Foreign intervention and taking advantage of the wave of instability that has hit our region is unacceptable,” Salehi noted.
The Iranian Foreign Minister also said the members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) can have a special role in inhibiting the spread of the nuclear arms.
“Iran, which is about to assume the three-year rotating presidency of the movement, is persistently waiting for the implementation of the 6th article of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) related to eliminating the nuclear arms,” Salehi said.
The top Iranian diplomat said Iran believes the Zionist Regime of Israel is one of the sources of terrorism adding, Tehran as a responsible member of the international community specially the NAM has made every effort to fight terrorism.
“Right now, it is a very good time for taking efficient steps towards ending all forms of terrorism including state sponsored terrorism, which is supported by western powers and has become increasingly widespread with its latest example being the assassination of Iranian innocent nuclear scientists,” Salehi said.
“We believe that meeting the deadline proposed by the NAM for the final elimination of the nuclear arms by 2025 will be possible only if NAM members follow it with decisiveness,” he stated.
Salehi referred to the Zionist Regime’s refusal to join the NPT as the main obstacle in the way of making the treaty universal.
Iran’s foreign minister also emphasized on the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear energy program saying that his country has always insisted on cooperation and interaction in this regard.
“We have always maintained the stance that Iran is neither after confrontation nor something more than its legal rights,” he said.
“What we are after is justice and refusing to accept solutions based on double standards in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other UN-affiliated organizations.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister said criminal acts of the Israeli regime against the Palestinian people and other regional nations are the biggest threat to the region and the international peace and security.
“Along with the major part of the international community including members of the Non-Aligned Movement, we have always supported a fair policy on Palestine which is based on the Palestinians’ right to determine their own destiny and opposition to the illegitimate occupying regime [Israel],” said Salehi.
He added that peace in the Middle East would not be established through discriminatory policies, blind support for Israel’s state terrorism, occupation, torture, threat and aggression.
He went on to say that sustainable peace in Palestine and the Middle East would be restored only through justice, putting an end to discrimination and the occupation of the Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese lands and the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland.
The top Iranian diplomat described the Israeli regime as “one of the sources of terrorism” and stressed the importance of a firm fight against acts of terror.
“We believe that the Zionist regime [Israel] is one of the sources of terrorism and efforts by the US government to misuse the September 11 terrorist events led to more insecurity in the Middle East region and have laid a new ground to justify the US domineering goals under the pretext of the fight against terrorism,” Salehi stated.
He noted that there is now a good opportunity to take effective steps in order to put an end to all forms of terrorism, including state terrorism backed by Western powers.
The minister pointed to developments in the Middle East and North Africa in more than the past year and said we believe that dialogue, respect for fundamental human rights and the fulfillment of basic needs of people are the only solutions to challenges created by authocratic regimes.
He rejected as “unacceptable” foreign interference and the abuse of regional unrest, saying they would cause an obstacle in the implementation of real democratic moves.
Iran’s Foreign Minister also said the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries oppose the adverse consequences of the current world order, stressing the United Nations must make fundamental reforms in its structure.
“Six decades since its establishment, the United Nations needs fundamental reforms in order to adapt to the modern global developments,” Salehi said.
We believe that the General Assembly, as the main democratic body of the UN, should fulfill its duties to deal with issues pertaining to the international peace and security, Salehi added.
He emphasized that many countries believe that the UN should heed the establishment of “a more democratic Security Council” as a major part of its reforms.
He added the existing global order has only entailed injustice, discrimination, armed clashes, abuse of power and all forms of colonialism and foreign occupation, expressing the opposition of the NAM member states to such negative consequences.