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Rouhani’s presence at UN can promote Iran’s status: Lawmaker

Politics - An Iranian lawmaker says the participation of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani at the UN General Assembly can promote Tehran’s standing in the global arena.

“The visit of Dr. Hassan Rouhani to New York can provide an opportunity to enhance the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international interactions and promote our country’s status in the global arena,” said member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Abbasali Mansouri Arani on Sunday.

The lawmaker expressed optimism that the world leaders would welcome the presence of Rouhani at the international event.

Rouhani is scheduled to travel to New York next week to attend the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

Pointing to Iran’s ongoing comprehensive negotiations with the P5+1 group - permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany - Mansouri noted, “By adhering to our principles, we must convince the P5+1 [member] states that we are abiding by the law in our nuclear activities and we do not act beyond the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”

He pointed to Iran’s policy for conducting win-win negotiations with the P5+1 and noted that based on that strategy the two sides should draw their views closer together and resolve their differences at the negotiation table.

Iran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of talks on a range of issues, with the main focus being on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides wrapped up their latest round of negotiations in April in the Kazakh city of Almaty. An earlier meeting had also been held in the city in February.

The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, saying that its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful and in line with the NPT, to which it is a signatory.

During numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency, no evidence has been ever found showing diversion in the Iranian nuclear energy program toward non-civilian purposes.


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