New York (IP) – Iran’s Foreign Minister has warned that terrorism and extremism are still the primary challenges in the Middle East.


Iran PressAmerica: Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with the president of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, on Tuesday.

The Iranian foreign minister noted that the Islamic Republic attaches great importance to the UN General Assembly and expressed hope that the current session would provide an opportunity to exchange views on international peace and security challenges.

He underlined that the Middle East is still grappling with terrorism and extremism as the main challenge, which has been exacerbated following the developments in Afghanistan. He added that Afghanistan has turned into a source of concern among regional nations.

Amir-Abdollahian pointed to Iran’s initiatives in containing dust storms and promoting neighboring states to cooperate in this respect since this issue threatens the health of millions of people. He also expressed hope that the UN General Assembly could highlight the dust storms as an international issue.

The UNGA president, for his part, welcomed Iran’s approach in this year’s session and expressed hope that the Islamic Republic could play a key role in promoting coordination among the UNGA member states.

He referred to the incapability of the UN Security Council in reviewing many international issues and stressed that the member states expect the global entity to play a more active role, in particular, in dealing with security issues.

Kőrösi also pointed to the international concern about water management and water shortages and expressed hope that Iran could have an active presence in the coming International Conference on Water Resources Management slated for March 2023.


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