Defending human rights among Iran’s serious priorities

TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) – Slamming the West’s double-standard policies, President Raeisi said that defending human rights is among Iran’s serious priorities.

Sanctions are a new form of the same policy of military action “with the purpose of imposing the demands of hegemonic and tyrannical countries on independent countries, but they have failed to stop Iran,” Raeisi said in a Wednesday meeting with Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, according to Press TV.

Given the fact that the US and the European countries violated the 2015 nuclear agreement, no one in the world can now claim that Iran’s stance on the importance of obtaining reliable guarantees is unreasonable, he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Raeisi said defending human rights was among Iran’s serious priorities and slammed the West’s double-standard policies in this regard.

“Double standards are the biggest and most serious manifestation of human rights violations,” the Iranian president added.

Official statistics in the West and the US, in particular, show that a large number of people are killed annually due to “unjustified use of force” by police, but countries that claim to defend human rights have refrained from expressing concerns over the issue, Raeisi said.

Raeisi also hailed cordial and growing relations between Tehran and Helsinki and said the two sides enjoyed great capacities to further improve cooperation.

“The Islamic Republic intends to expand cooperation and promote the level of its relations with all friendly countries, including Finland,” he added.

The Finnish president, for his part, said his country had good relations with Iran and added that both sides were developing their amicable ties.

Niinistö thanked Iran for hosting a large population of Afghan refugees and called on President Raeisi to play a mediatory role to end the Ukraine conflict.

RHM/Press TV

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