|Iran plays key role in region: UN under-secretary-general||
TEHRAN – Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations under-secretary-general for political affairs, has underlined the key role of Iran in regional developments and has called for more interaction between the UN and the Islamic Republic.
Feltman, a former U.S. diplomat, made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Monday.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed international and regional issues including the latest developments in Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt.
The former American diplomat said the expansion of cooperation between Iran and the UN in various areas can help restore peace and stability in the region and would promote education and healthcare.
He also called for more cooperation with the UN in its campaign against terrorism and trafficking of illicit drugs.
In addition he spoke about the Syrian issue, saying that a political solution is needed to resolve the crisis.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he congratulated Zarif on his appointment as Iran’s foreign minister, wishing him success during his tenure.
Zarif, for his part, said that Iran would spare no effort to promote peace and stability in the region.
The top Iranian diplomat also voiced concern over the spread of violence and extremism in the Middle East region and cautioned that the repercussions of the violence may spill over into other countries including the Western world.
He also said that Iran is ready to fully cooperate with the UN to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Zarif added that the Islamic Republic of Iran is opposed to the use of chemical weapons by any group or country, a reference to the use of chemical weapons in Syria last week which has so far left hundreds dead.
Feltman last visited Iran in August 2012 along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participating in the non-aligned summit in Tehran.
He has recently visited a number of other countries in the Middle East, such as Egypt. He arrived in Cairo on August 20 for talks with Egyptian officials on the country’s current state of unrest.
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