Iran tells the West to end human rights puppet show

TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (MNA) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has harshly criticized the United States and other Western governments for pushing through the recent human rights resolution against Iran issued during the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, calling the move a “puppet show”.

The resolution, which was issued on Thursday, sponsored by Canada and supported by the Western allies of the United States and Israel, accuses Iran of human rights violations.

“The blatant and systematic violation of human rights by the United States and European countries has generated hatred in the view of world public opinion, to the extent that they (Westerners) cannot take advantage of such political games (anymore),” Mottaki said during a joint press conference with Zimbabwean Foreign Minster Simbarashe Mumbengegwi in Tehran on Saturday.

Mottaki also criticized Canada for sponsoring the human rights resolution against Iran, saying, “Today, the indigenous people of Canada are experiencing extreme discrimination.”

Canadian troops have perpetrated war crimes against the Iraqi and Afghan people, along with U.S. troops, so these countries are not in a position to talk about human rights, he added.

He went on to say that certain countries are under pressure from Western countries to vote for their proposals, adding, “It would benefit the Westerners to end such puppet shows.”

It is regrettable that the so-called standard-bearers of human rights, who cannot even defend their own human rights record, make such political moves in order to divert attention from their questionable record, he noted.

Commenting on the proposed deployment of a NATO missile defense shield in Turkey, Mottaki said that the plan is a “game” but “regional countries are vigilant enough not to fall into their trap.”

On relations between Iran and African countries, the Iranian foreign minster said that the outlook for Iran-Africa cooperation is bright and Iran will continue its policy of expanding ties with African countries in a way that serves the interests of African nations.

The Zimbabwean foreign minster described Iran as a reliable partner of Zimbabwe and called for the expansion of ties with Iran in all areas.


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