Rouhani urged to raise JCPOA, Mina tragedy at UNGA

A senior lawmaker suggested that President Hassan Rouhani, in his speech at the UN General Assembly this week, should raise issues related to the July 2015 nuclear deal, last year’s Mina incident and accusations that Iran supports terrorism.

The 71th annual session of the General Assembly, themed “Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform Our World”, opened at the UN headquarters in New York on September 13.

The president will speak at the UNGA’s annual gathering of world leaders, the General Debate, which will be held from September 20-26.

Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told ICANA on Saturday obstacles to the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the nuclear deal, should top the list of topics.

The pact put an end to a 12-year dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and went into effect in January to limit Iran’s nuclear work in return for the removal of EU, US and UN nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has repeatedly confirmed Tehran’s compliance with the terms of the deal.

The lawmaker said other sides to the deal, particularly the US, have not been fully honored their obligations.

“The world should know that Iran fulfilled its promises, although it believed that the deal has problems, but the US did not [fully] keep its end of the bargain.”

Many international banks shy away from financing trade deals and processing Iran transactions for fear of US penalties.

The parliamentarian said “unfair and false” accusations that Iran supports terrorism around the world should also be addressed in the president’s remarks.

“In fact, we should show that terrorist groups supported by of the US, the Zionist regime [of Israel] and Saudi Arabia are threatening global security,” he said.

Hosseini noted that the president’s speech is a good chance to explain to the world and Muslim countries that Saudi leaders are incapable of properly running the annual hajj pilgrimage.

“The incidents of recent years indicate that Saudis are incompetent to manage the most important ritual of Islam, namely hajj,” he stressed.

More than 460 Iranians were among the thousands of pilgrims who perished in the crush that occurred in September 2015 in Mina, near Mecca, during the annual pilgrimage.

The tragedy, which followed another deadly incident in the same month that left 107 dead, led to sharp criticism by Iranian officials who blamed Saudi incompetence and mismanagement for the incident.

Earlier this month, the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on the Muslim world to reconsider the management of hajj rituals and holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

Rouhani set off Friday for a tour of Venezuela and Cuba before heading to New York for the UN General Assembly.

The president’s appearance at the event this year will be his fourth since he took office in August 2013.

In September 2013, Rouhani presented a set of proposals for launching a global drive called World Against Violence and Extremism that was overwhelmingly approved by the UN General Assembly.

By Financial Tribune