Iran warns against political abuse of OPCW

علی‌رضا جهانگیری

Tehran (ISNA) - Iran’s permanent representative to the OPCW Alireza Jahangiri has warned against abuse of the international body by certain countries for political purposes.

Jahangiri criticized holding the extraordinary meeting of the organization on last week, calling it a measure of discriminatory and double standard nature against Syria.

He affirmed that the extraordinary meeting of the organization was an effort of some countries to gain political benefits from the technical entity and warned about the consequences of such acts.

Addressing the 85th session of The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alireza Jahangiri voiced deep concern over the use of chemical weapons by terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and asked for the attention to the nature and effectiveness of these terrorist groups and called for the member states’ condemnation of the incidents.

“It is necessary to adopt comprehensive and united strategies to prevent terrorist groups from using chemical weapons,” he said.

Commenting on the last week visit of the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, to Tehran, Jahangiri described the visit successful and added the trip was to mark the 30th anniversary of Saddam’s chemical attack on Iranian western city of Sardasht.

Jahangiri also said that Iran is ready to expand cooperation with the OPCW, especially in treating the victims of chemical attacks in Syria.

Elsewhere, he highlighted the importance of economic and technological development by OPCW member states and called for exchange of scientific and technical know how in peaceful spheres.

The 85th session of the executive council of the OPCW was held on July 11-14. 

Full implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, annihilation of the chemical weapons, and candidates for future presidency of the organization were discussed in the session.

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