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Iran lists US crimes to highlight human rights violations
Iran on Monday published a long list of US human rights violations at the beginning of a week it designated to raise awareness about American crimes perpetrated under the guise of defending human rights.
Each day of the week called the “American human rights” marks one terror incident that took place against Iran in the 1980s including the US downing of an Iranian Airbus over the Persian Gulf on July 3, 1988, killing all 290 passengers on board.
In a tweet, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the most flagrant breach of human rights at the hands of the United States was the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq in January 2020.
“This arbitrary, illegal and murderous act constitutes violation of many of the principles enshrined in human rights and international law,” the ministry said of the US drone strike that assassinated the top commander.
It said the US government “committed a serious violation of the right to life and the principle of non-use of force” when it targeted General Soleimani.
The ministry said US sanctions imposed on Iran “have deprived children and other people suffering from incurable diseases” of access to medicine and medical equipment.
It pointed to the freezing of Afghanistan’s assets by the US last year as another crime that affected millions of people in the war-torn country and brought its economy to the verge of collapse.
The ministry said the Abu Ghraib prison, which was set up after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the Guantanamo Detention Camp where the US has kept terror suspects for years without trial, are also blatant examples of human rights violations.
“By establishing the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons, torturing and brutalizing prisoners, and committing extrajudicial killings, the US reinvented human rights violations and devised new techniques of flouting human rights,” the tweet said.
Raeisi: Iran ready to share technological achievements with D-8
President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said the country is ready to share its technological achievements with members of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, also known as Developing-8.
Raeisi was speaking in a meeting with D-8 Secretary General Isiaka Abdulkadir Imam in Tehran.
The president said it’s Iran’s policy to expand cooperation with the regional and international organizations as well as world countries, Iran Front Page reported.
Raeisi added that D-8 members have a huge potential for increasing trade and transit of goods, noting that this potential has not been realized fully.
He said it’s necessary to increase trade exchanges between the organization’s members.
Raeisi maintained that the US does not want independent countries to grow so that they remain dependent on the global arrogance.
The D-8 secretary general, for his part, described Iran as an active member of the group.
He said two key bodies of D-8 are stationed in Iran’s capital Tehran and Hamedan, western Iran.
Imam added two priorities of D-8 during his tenure as secretary general of the group is to take account of population capacity for members and to increase trade between them.
The D-8 developing bloc was founded in 1997 based on an initiative by Turkey. It promotes development cooperation among member states that are Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Iran will respond to any Israeli intervention in region: Top general
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has warned of Israel’s interventionist moves, saying the Islamic Republic will give a befitting response to any act of Israeli intervention in the West Asia region.
Baqeri made the remarks in a meeting with Pakistan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Lieutenant General Nadeem Reza in Tehran on Monday, according to Press TV.
The top Iranian commander stated that Israel is at the core of all intrusions and destabilizing moves in the region, adding that “The regime, through the implementation of certain plots, seeks to forge relations with regional countries and achieve its interventionist goals.”
Baqeri went on to say that Israel’s accession to the CENTCOM, deployment of its military equipment, and its participation in military drills will constitute greater and more serious threats to the region.
“We (Iran) do not tolerate these threats and we will certainly respond to them,” Baqeri said.
“The emergence of terrorist groups in the region, especially in Syria and Iraq, were among other projects developed and encouraged by the United States and the Zionist regime in the region. In their pursuit of colonial objectives, they advanced to the brink of toppling both governments,” he said.
The senior Iranian commander also demanded an immediate end to the ongoing tragedy in Yemen.
General Baqeri said the ongoing Ukraine crisis will definitely affect the entire West Asia region and the whole world, stressing that NATO’s growth poses a threat to Russia.
He expressed hope that both sides would resolve the conflict through dialogue and negotiations.
He described Afghanistan as one of the most important areas of concern for both Iran and Pakistan, emphasizing that the inclusion of various ethnic groups will play a constructive role in the establishment of security and stability in the country.
“We are concerned about the growth of terrorism in Afghanistan. We have devised relevant plans, as we believe that these issues can be resolved through cooperation between Iran and Pakistan and that there is no need for foreign interference.”
The high-ranking generals from Iran and Pakistan also weighed plans to promote military and security cooperation between the two neighbors.
The Pakistani general arrived in Tehran on Sunday at the official invitation of Baqeri, with the aim of expanding bilateral cooperation in order to establish lasting security in the region and increase military interactions and joint educational and security cooperation.The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Pakistan Army is also scheduled to meet with other senior Iranian military officials during his stay.
In recent years, Iran and Pakistan have stepped up military cooperation and have held a number of joint naval exercises.
France urges return of Iran, Venezuela to oil markets
France on Monday called for the full return of Iran and Venezuela to the oil markets to diversify supplies and help bring down soaring crude prices fueled by the conflict in Ukraine.
“There are resources elsewhere that we must also explore,” the French presidency said on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany in reference to Iran and Venezuela, whose oil exports have been targeted by US sanctions.
“There is a knot to untie if necessary” so that Iranian oil can be “put back on the markets”, the Elysee underlined. “Venezuelan oil must also be able to be put back on the market,” it continued, according to AFP.
It also urged other oil producing nations to boost their output in an “exceptional manner” to curb the surge in prices at the pump, and demanded a planned mechanism to cap the price of oil to be as broad as possible. “We need the producing countries to produce more in an exceptional way”, the French presidency said.
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