The Iranian deputy foreign minister Bagheri Kani has lambasted the West for their double standards when it comes to international issues such as the human rights.
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri Kani held a meeting with the Deputy Foreign Minister for Regional Affairs Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz al-Khalifi in Doha on Tuesday.
The two senior diplomats discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues.
Bagheri Kani pointed to the Western countries’ opportunist and unilateralist approach toward international issues, and said that “any country that disagrees with the political approach of the Westerners will be accused of violating human rights and supporting terrorism.”
The Iranian diplomat further praised the successful holding of the World Cup by Qatar.
Referring to the growing trend of bilateral relations, Qatar’s deputy foreign minister Al-Khalifi emphasized Doha’s efforts to expand all-out political and economic relations with Iran.
It was earlier reported that, The Islamic Republic has urged countries not to attend a US-organized meeting at the United Nations over its human rights violations and violent crackdown on protesters.
In a letter released on Monday, Tehran accused Washington of “politicizing” human rights issues, as Tehran has been cracking down on antigovernment protests, ignited by the death in custody of a 22-year-old woman.
Calling on UN member states to skip an informal meeting the US plans to hold among Security Council members, the Islamic Republic’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amir Saeed Iravani said, “The US has no true and genuine concern about the human rights situation in Iran or elsewhere.”
He called the ongoing protests an internal issue, warning that it would be “counterproductive to the promotion of human rights” if the UN Security Council discussed it. “The United States lacks the political, moral, and legal qualifications to hold such a meeting, distorting the very basic principles of human rights,” Iravani added.
The informal UN Security Council gathering was called by the US and Albania, which currently sits on the council. Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, actress Nazanin Boniadi, and Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, are due to address the gathering, which will be open to state representatives and human rights organizations.