Feb 17, 2019 13:39 Asia/Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif has emphasized that guaranteeing the rights and freedoms of the Iranian people is a national security issue for the Iranian government since the government depends on the people in many ways.

Iran Press/Europe: Speaking in a televised debate after his keynote speech at the Munich security conference, foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday: "There are a number of shortcomings in relation to the Iranian  government's responsibilities with regards to its own citizens, but this is a domestic Iranian issue, and unrelated to Europe, and should not concern Europe."

Zarif added: "Human rights is an essential security issue for us, and we don't regard it as an ethical issue. The United States of America and Europe, given their own human rights records, are not in a position to lecture us on human rights or to pass judgment on human rights."

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Germany on Friday, February 15, to take part Conference. Over 100 top-ranking political, security and international figures, including 35 heads of state, 50 foreign ministers and 30 defense ministers are taking part in the conference.

On the sideline of Conference, Iran's Foreign Minister met and conferred with UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Executive Director of UNICEF, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Armenian Foreign Minister, Lebanese Defense Minister and head of Kurdistan Region Security Council.103