MEHR: The Iranian President described sanctions, terrorism, and war as manifestations of unilateralism and said, "Unilateralism causes suffering in human societies".
Raeisi made the remarks on Monday upon his arrival in New York to take part in the 77th annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
Asked about the subject matters that the president will address during his visit and address the UN session, the Iranian chief executive said he will use the opportunity to explain the Islamic Republic's standpoints and perspectives.
“The United Nations should be truly an organization for all nations. It must not be an organization for powerful governments,” Iran's president said.
“We are now faced with a host of global problems and issues, which can be naturally discussed in such meetings to find solutions,” Raeisi said.
He noted that since such problems are general problems affecting the entire world, their solutions must be found through collective wisdom.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian president reflected on the issue of unilateral sanctions imposed on countries.
Raeisi described sanctions as a "weapon in the hands of big powers, which they use in order to apply pressure on [other] nations.”
Iran's president said such unilateral coercive measures are at odds with "peace, calm, and security," and mostly harm nations.
"Naturally, other nations [which are subjected to unilateral sanctions] will have to resort to countermeasures," Raeisi said, referring to the countermeasures that the Islamic Republic has been employing in reaction to the sanctions.
Turning to the issue of terrorism, Raeisi said this phenomenon is the source of a large part of displacements across the world.
He also criticized the support provided by certain countries and international plays for terrorist groups.
“These issues must be discussed and their solutions, as I said before, are [recourse to] collective wisdom and discussions [among nations],” he said.
“All these [three major] problems are results of unilateralism in the world; I mean, unilateralism gives birth to such issues that are currently tormenting the human societies,” Iran's president said.
Raeisi left Tehran for New York on Monday morning, where he will deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly later this week.