Khatibzadeh: Joining SCO Ends Pressure to Isolate Iran
The Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson, Saeed Khatibzadeh, says that there are no plans to meet US officials on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said on Sunday that Iran joining the SCO was an end to the pressures aimed at forcing Iran into isolation.
Khatibzadeh said during a press conference on Sunday that the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian will meet the foreign ministers of close to 45 states, possibly including the P4+1’s, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York. He added, however, that no conclusive decision has been made regarding the P4+1 meeting, as Iran needs first to see what the subject will be about, and then it will make its decision.
When asked whether or not there are plans to meet US representatives, he replied that there are no such plans.
Khatibzadeh: No to foreign intervention in Afghan affairs
The Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson also said that Iran joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization signaled the end of the pressures aiming to impose isolation on Iran.
As for Afghanistan, he said that the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, China, and Pakistan published a joint statement on the summit’s sidelines, regarding the developments in Afghanistan, noting that these four countries call for the formation of an all-inclusive government in the country.
Khatibzadeh also stressed Iran’s refusal of any foreign interference in Afghan affairs, saying that everyone must support the Afghan people to speak their mind and decide their own future.
Khatibzadeh: Iran committed to cooperating with its friends
As for Iran's fuel shipments to Lebanon and the recent statements made by Lebanon's Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, Khatibzadeh said that Iran is committed to cooperating with its friends, as well as friendly countries and governments. He added that sending fuel shipments to Lebanon was based on a request by Lebanese businessmen, and everything fell into place afterward. He also said that if the Lebanese government wishes to purchase fuel, then Iran is more than ready to help.
It is worth noting that the second batch of diesel tankers, which Hezbollah brought in from Iran for the Lebanese people, arrived yesterday through Syria.