Zarif defends his performance in UN70 Session

New York, Oct 6, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif hoped he has rendered his responsiblity on the sidelines of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York through holding meetings with the world dignitaries.

Winding up his stay in New York on Monday, he told reporters that as the foreign minister he has been trying to express the views and positions of the country he represents in the international forums.

‘In addition to meeting the heads of state and diplomatic representatives from Latin America to Europe and Middle East, I held meetings and talks with the US policy makers whether in the field of public relations or in research centers,’ he said.

He said his meetings focused on three areas which were mainly around the tragic Mina incident which killed hundreds of Hajj pilgrims.

‘The next topic was the incremental and thorough implementation of the (nuclear) Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action so that the Western side should have the readiness to perform its duties.’

Another important topic which were discussed with the counterparts, he added, was the crises in the Middle East specially in Yemen and Syria.

Zarif expressed regret that some of Iran’s neighboring countries are not after political solution to the crisies and said that they try to impose their political intentions and regional goals on the the people of Yemen by killing them.

The Iranian top diplomat also said that in the meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, the issue of possible problems in implementation of the JCPOA inside the US were discussed.

To a query on the reaction of certain political groups in Iran over his shaking hands with US President Barack Obama, Zarif said in his capacity of foreign minister, it was his duty to take part in international forums and meeting world leaders which he hopes he has been rendering in the best manner.