Iran urges NAM to back multilateralism, reject US's unilateral adventurism
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed the US’s “extreme unilateral adventurism,” urging the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to support multilateralism and oppose unlawful unilateral actions and pressure.
“To defend multilateralism, it is imperative to reject and prevent any perceived benefit and advantage drawn from unlawful unilateral actions and to reject any pressure in contravention of international law and UN Security Council resolutions. NAM should take the lead in this endeavor,” Zarif said in a virtual address to the NAM mid-term Ministerial Meeting on Tuesday.
He said that the US’s “extreme unilateral adventurism” is the “most important challenge” that almost all countries have been facing one way or another, adding, “While some nations are threatened by economic terrorism and military aggressions, others bear the brunt of a crude American protectionist impulse.”
“The blind and unbridled support for apartheid in Palestine, and the denial of the basic rights of the Palestinian people further exacerbate the unstable situation in the entire Middle East (West Asia) region,” Zarif pointed out.
He reiterated Iran’s full commitment to multilateralism as the tenet of a robust foreign policy and said Tehran would continue to “advocate the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security in West Asia.”
Zarif emphasized that Iran has always been engaged in active cooperation with the United Nations to promote peace efforts in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan and proposed the “Hormuz Peace Endeavor—HOPE” as an inclusive approach to cooperation and dispute settlement.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani presented the HOPE while delivering a speech at his UN General Assembly meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, inviting all regional countries to participate in it.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif stressed the importance of “greater collective action at the international level” given the surging global challenges and particularly at a time that the world is facing rising unilateralism and protectionism.
The top Iranian diplomat said, “The COVID-19 pandemic calls for a strong coordinated international response that can rapidly expand access to tests, treatments and vaccines while recognizing extensive immunization as a public good that must be available and affordable for all, including—and perhaps especially— developing countries.”
He also pointed to the US withdrawal from the multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018 and said Iran “sacrificed to sustain” the deal, in spite of “abject failure” of the European sides to live up to their commitments.