Date :Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 | Time : 07:17 |ID: 79274 | Print

Iran’s Zarif: Respecting human rights is a national security requirement

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SHAFAQNA- Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.

During the meeting, Zarif said Iran relies on domestic support as the only sustainable factor in preserving its national security. He added respecting the principles of human rights is not only an ethical commitment but also a national security requirement, the Foreign Ministry website reported.

He then expressed regret over the instrumental use of human rights and the abuse of the UN’s human rights mechanism as a means of exerting pressure on independent states, Tehran Times told.

He also slammed imposing unilateral, illegal and cruel sanctions by the US against Iranians.

Meanwhile, Bachelet extended readiness for establishing constructive interaction with Iran, IRNA reported.

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