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UN human rights resolutions on Iran, Syria bitterly ironic: Zarif

21 November 2015 19:16


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described as “bitterly ironic” the two recently adopted United Nations (UN) resolutions critical of human rights situations in Iran and Syria.

Speaking in a ceremony in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN establishment, the Iranian minister said that countries which are foreigners to constitutions and elections are now talking about holding democratic elections in Syria.

He said that “those who have nurtured Daesh” terrorists are now slamming countries which are fighting the Takfiri group, stressing that these are “major concerns” about the UN structural mechanism which need to be taken into consideration.

He criticized the UN for adopting politically-motivated approaches, saying “genuine concerns” should not be overlooked due to “political considerations” by certain sides.

The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks after the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly passed a Canada-drafted resolution on Thursday criticizing the human rights situation in Iran.

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