UNGA, a chance for multidimensional diplomacy: Tehran Times

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The current session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York provides an opportunity for the 193 member states to implement and explain their policies through multidimensional diplomacy, added the English-language paper in its Opinion column.

SHAFAQNA- Tehran, Sept 22 – Given the speedy pace of international developments and the escalation of US’s unilateral acts, on the pretext to fight terrorism, which clearly violate the UN Charter and infringe on the sovereignty of states, it is essential for Iran to use the forum of the General Assembly to inform the world about the nature of the threat.

Through multidimensional diplomatic efforts in New York, Iran can explain and justify its expanding role in the emerging international order and the global geometry of power, wrote ‘Tehran Times’ on Monday.

 

The current session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York provides an opportunity for the 193 member states to implement and explain their policies through multidimensional diplomacy, added the English-language paper in its Opinion column.

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s presence in New York gives the Islamic Republic a chance to clarify its stances on international challenges and to explore ways to boost bilateral relations and find solutions to current problems, it added.

 

Moreover, Rouhani’s speech at the UNGA will be an effective channel for presenting the realities of Iran’s regional and international policies and neutralizing the propaganda campaigns being conducted by some officials and media outlets in the United States and European countries, it pointed out.

 

Over the past few years, the anti-Iran camp in the West has made the utmost efforts to present a false image of Iran’s policy in dealing with issues such as nuclear energy, terrorism, human rights, and regional developments.

 

As a regional power, Iran has always tried to propose tangible solutions to the UNGA for dealing with sensitive international issues. For example, at the height of the academic debate and media hype about a clash of civilizations at the beginning of the last decade, the then Iranian President Mohammad Khatami proposed the idea of Dialogue among Civilizations in his address to the UNGA in the year 2000. The initiative was enthusiastically welcomed by the international community at the time, and the UN proclaimed the year 2001 the United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations.

 

However, the US continued its irrational anti-Iran campaign, and the George W. Bush administration called Iran a member of the axis of evil.

 

During the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in 2013, President Rouhani proposed the idea of a World Against Violence and Extremism. This was also welcomed by the UN secretary general as well as the member states, and 193 governments endorsed an act based on this idea. The proposal was made at a time when the plague of terrorism was the main threat to world peace and global security, underscored the paper.

 

In fact, the Iranian president’s proposal was a step forward for curbing the threat, and Iran’s diplomats and envoys in foreign missions must do more to entrench the idea at the international level, suggested the paper.

 

The United States and European countries have recently established a coalition of around 40 countries to fight terrorism, while they continue accusing Iran of supporting the terrorists. This is pure fabrication and demagoguery. Iran has repeatedly warned about the threat of organized forms of terrorism and the spread of violence. The so-called anti-terrorism coalition is in fact a mockery that is based on power and money, which is trying to ignore Iran and go its own way in dealing with the issue of terrorism.

 

The importance of the current session of the UN General Assembly is doubled in light of all these developments because it will give President Rouhani a chance to make a logical and documented response to the fabrications of officials and media outlets of the United States and European countries, stressed the daily.

 

In addition, Rouhani’s trip to New York and his address to the UNGA can give a boost to the image of Iranian diplomacy. Millions of people around the world will listen to the Iranian president’s speech, it said. This will be a great opportunity, since not only heads of state and government but also the masses across the world can be familiarized with Iran’s humanitarian and justice-oriented policies. And through press conferences and interviews with major media outlets, Rouhani can complement Iran’s diplomatic efforts, it concluded.

 

Source: IRNA

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