UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the first plenary session of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 13, 2022. (Credit: Xinhua/Wang Ying)
TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Monday that sanctions, terrorism, war and bloodshed are all consequences of unilateralism, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported.
Raisi made the remarks to reporters upon arrival at a New York airport to attend the 77th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
Ebrahim Raisi attends a swearing-in ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on August 5, 2021. (Photo by Javad Salarheyli/Xinhua)
He stressed that “the UN should not only be the organization of great powers but of all nations,” adding that he would take the opportunity at the session to shed light on Iran’s positions and views.
He said one of the global issues that could be discussed at the meeting is that some powerful countries are using sanctions to pressure other countries, leading to conflicts with peace and security.
The Iranian President added that terrorism, war and bloodshed are the other major issues that need to be addressed through collective wisdom.
Speaking to reporters the day before he left Tehran, Raisi ruled out the possibility of holding a meeting or negotiation with US officials during his visit to New York.
“No negotiations or meetings with Americans have been scheduled on this trip, and we have no plans to meet them,” he was quoted as saying on the Iranian president’s website. ■