Iranian, Irish foreign ministers hold call on recent riots in Iran
The Iranian Foreign Minister discusses, in a telephone conversation with his Irish counterpart, the recent riots in Iranian cities as well as developments in nuclear negotiations.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday that "part of the recent events in Iran were peaceful protests, and we support them."
In a telephone conversation with his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney, Amir-Abdollahian added, "According to the Iranian constitution, we consider the peaceful protests in support of demands as a legal right of the people, but there are rioters who, instigated from abroad and foreign TV channels, damaged public property and attacked people and police forces," noting that "these people will be referred to the courts."
"The scientific, technical, and accurate forensic report on the causes of Mahsa Amini's death will be published soon," he noted.
"You should not forget that the Internet was cut off during internal events in the United States, and the former US president's personal social media accounts were suspended under the pretext of preserving national security," he added.
The Iranian Foreign Minister also pointed to the West's double standards on human rights and women's rights, stressing that "women's rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran are given much importance," stressing that "women play an important role in various fields, such as science, medicine, education, and technology."
Commenting on the recent riots in Iran, Coveney said, "Iran's interest in the people's peaceful demands is given importance."
It is noteworthy that the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence announced on September 30 the arrest of more than 250 people in connection to the protests that ensued following the death of Mahsa Amini, including 9 foreigners.
It is reported that "foreign citizens from Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and others were arrested on the scenes and behind the scenes of the riots."
Amir-Abdollahian denies Iran's sale of drones and weapons to Russia
In a separate context, Amir-Abdollahian strongly denied Iran's sale of drones and weapons to Russia for use in the war in Ukraine, stressing that the Islamic Republic of Iran "supports the political solution to the crisis in Ukraine."
The United States accuses Iran of supplying Russia with drones for use in the war in Ukraine -- an accusation Tehran consistently denies.
For his part, Coveney said, "We hope that international developments, including the crisis in Ukraine or internal developments in Washington, would not complicate reaching a nuclear agreement," welcoming at the same time, "the progress of negotiations on removing sanctions" and considering that "reaching an agreement will serve the interests of all parties".