Calling for practical steps to ensure global peace and security, the foreign minister of Iran expressed the country’s readiness for cooperation with the G20 and the establishment of a troika of South Countries to serve the interests of their nations and multilateral cooperation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Thursday delivered a speech to the Voice of Global South Summit, held via video links, and presented Iran’s views and opinions on major international issues and the effective role played by the Global South Countries on the world stage.

“Currently, the world is grappling with multi-layered and complicated crises and facing a return of COVID-19, conflicts, war, terrorism, under-development and adverse consequences of poverty and economic inequality, and at the same time, recession and inflation. This is while a number of players have directed their efforts toward their own unilateral interests, instead of engaging in consultations and cooperation for a resolution of global crises and problems, and exert pressure on the independent and multilateralism-seeking countries via infiltration into international financial and economic institutions and the imposition of cruel unilateral sanctions,” he said, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported.

Amirabdollahian also urged practical steps to strengthen global peace, stability and security, expressing Iran’s readiness to cooperate with the Group of Twenty (G20).

He also listed Iran’s proposals to achieve that goal, including setting up a troika of the South Countries to serve the interests of their nations, multilateral cooperation at the regional and international levels toward consolidating energy security in the world and making convergent efforts to ensure food security and supply chains, multi-faceted cooperation in the fields of transportation, roads and transit, benefiting from nuclear energy fairly and peacefully, moving toward global nuclear disarmament in the world, fighting against terrorism and extremism and bolstering religious tolerance, and creating an independent media platform for the South.

He stated that Iran maintains a firm resolve to restore its right to benefit from nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, including enrichment, and remains committed to the realization of the nuclear agreement with good will. “In spite of that, the incumbent American administration, keeps insisting on violation of commitments, sanctions policy, making excuses and wasting time, despite the demands of the international community, while the Islamic Republic of Iran continues its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” he added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not yield to pressure, threats and bullying from abroad, and believes diplomacy and dialog are the best option,” he stressed.

The videoconference was also attended by the foreign ministers of India (the host nation), Armenia, Oman, Maldives, Panama, Jamaica, Kenya, El Salvador, Georgia, Uganda, Tunisia, and the Dominican Republic.

The focal points in the speeches included multilateralism and reforming international and financial procedures ruling the global systems in a way that they are reflective of the expectations, priorities and cooperation of the South Countries.


SOURCE: Tasnim