Zarif congratulates António Guterres as UN chief

October 14, 2016 - 21:6

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued a message on Thursday congratulating António Guterres for his appointment as the new UN secretary general.

Zarif described Guterres as the “most qualified” for the post.

He also called on the UN to fight extremism and play effective role in finding peaceful ways to settle crises in Yemen and Syria.

Zarif said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name for the nuclear deal between Iran and great powers, has raised hope in the region and called for its full implementation.

Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, was elected by the UN General Assembly on Thursday to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

According to the UN News Center, Guterres, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He will become the world’s top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.

Adopting a consensus resolution put forward by its President, Peter Thomson, the Assembly acted on the recommendation on the UN Security Council, which on 6 October forwarded Guterres' name to the 193-member body as its nominee for UN Secretary-General for a five-year period, ending 31 December 2021.

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