In a recent phone call with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian conveyed his support for a proposed gathering of regional foreign ministers. He stated, “We welcome your idea for a meeting of regional foreign ministers.”
Regarding Yemen, Iran’s Foreign Minister expressed hope for a swift cessation of the conflict and the siege.
During the conversation, Guterres applauded the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, suggesting that this development could herald the advent of fortified constructive relations across the region.
The two officials delved into various regional and international matters, encompassing developments in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, the collaboration between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the current state of nuclear negotiations.
Iran hosts five million Afghan refugees
Amirabdollahian offered a positive assessment of the recent United Nations meeting in Doha concerning Afghanistan, an initiative spearheaded by the Secretary General. He said Iran hosts over five million Afghan refugees and that managing such a large number necessitates global attention and support.
The UN Secretary General noted the consensus among all parties regarding the formation of an inclusive Afghan government, combating terrorism, bolstering the Afghan economy, fighting drug production and trafficking, and upholding the rights of women to education and employment.
Israeli threat against regional peace
He also denounced Israel’s recent actions and attacks on Gaza as a grave threat to regional peace and security, stating, “Recent developments have shown that these inhumane actions of the Zionist regime will not be tolerated by the Palestinian resistance groups and their response will be firm.”
Dialogue for Ukraine
Reiterating Iran’s opposition to the war in Ukraine, Amirabdollahian conveyed his desire to see the involved parties resume dialogue and work toward a peaceful resolution.
Iran, IAEA in the right direction
The Iranian Foreign Minister characterized the cooperation between Tehran and the IAEA as heading in a “right direction”.