Sep 19, 2021 13:34 UTC
  • FM to visit New York, has no plans to meet US officials: Spokesman

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian will travel to New York to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

“Amir-Abdullahian will set off for New York tomorrow to participate at the General Assembly meeting,” he said during a media briefing on Sunday.

So far, he added, about 45 bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of countries from different continents have been arranged for Amir-Abdullahian.

The spokesman also commented on reports that the foreign minister of Iran and the P4+1 group of countries — Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany — will meet in New York.

“Regarding the P4+1 meeting, I would like to emphasize that if we see this meeting can be in the direction of useful negotiation, we will make a decision. We have not made a decision now,” he said.

“What is important is that the foreign minister will have bilateral meetings with all the P4+1 foreign ministers. If there was a special agenda, it could be held collectively between Iran and the P4+1, but no decision has been made yet.”

Khatibzadeh also said the Iranian foreign minister has no plans to meet with US officials in New York.

'SCO membership marks failure to isolate Iran'

Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh said Iran’s recent permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) marks “the virtual failure of the project by some parties, including the United States, to isolate Iran.”

“The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has enormous capacities to use. Both the SCO and Iran can utilize mutual capacities to improve relations and the position of the organization. Iran's membership in the SCO will make the organization stronger. The internal mechanisms of this organization are important to us and we are committed to improving these mechanisms through cooperation and assistance of the members,” he added.