TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian FM has congratulated in a letter appointment of Antonio Guterres as new secretary general of the United Nations.

In his message which was handed over by Iran’s Ambassador to UN Gholamreza Khoshroo, to the office of new designated secretary general of UN, Mohammad Javad Zarif has hailed Antonio Guterres’s status for being appointed as head of UN.

FM Zarif has also called on the United Nations to fight against violent extremism and taking effective measures to find a peaceful solution with regard to demands of people in Syria and Yemen.

Here is full text of his message:

In the name of God, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful

Excellency,

I have the pleasure to express my heart-felt congratulation to you on your well-deserved election as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. I am confident that with your outstanding and remarkable career at the national level as well as the invaluable experience and expertise that you have earned in multilateral diplomacy, you are in the best possible position to be at the helm of the United Nations at this grave juncture for international relations.

At the critical time that you will assume the leadership of our Organization, it is imperative that the United Nations engage in the crucial fight against all aspects of violent extremism and play effectively and efficiently its part in efforts towards finding peaceful and locally-owned solutions for the ongoing crises in Yemen and Syria. Likewise, following the fruition of the JCPOA on Iran’s nuclear file, which enhanced hope in our region, we look forward to the United Nations, under your guidance, to help and follow up on the full implementation of the deal in its entirety by all parties. 

I wish you all the best in carrying out your responsibilities and discharging your mandate as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and I assure you that in so doing you will always find my government and myself on your side with helping hands.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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