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25-year anniversary
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THE CICA YOUTH COUNCIL
Iran

Islamic Republic of Iran
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Statement by
H.E. Dr. Gholamhossein Dehghani
Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Mr. Chairman
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the outset, I would like to convey my congratulations and felicitations to the Republic of Tajikistan, as the upcoming Chair of CICA for the period 2018-2020. I would also like to take this opportunity and express my sincere appreciation to the outstanding leadership of China over the last four years, turning the Organization into a platform for achieving peace, security and prosperity in Asia. I am confident that the Republic of Tajikistan will add further dynamism into the activities of the CICA and take the Organization to newer heights during its period of Chairmanship.
The ancient continent of Asia is the cradle of the most important human civilizations and the origin of the world’s largest religions and schools of thought. Due to its unique geopolitical and economic features, it also enjoys a rising status in the international strategic landscape. With that in mind, we are of the view that CICA, as an effective regional arrangement and platform, can play an important role in enhancing peace, security and stability as well as economic and social development through the promotion of interactions, cooperation and confidence among the countries of the region.
As one of the founding and pioneer Members of the CICA and coordinator of confidence building measures in the area of combating drug trafficking, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always made every effort in advancing the CICA goals and aspirations. Meanwhile, we believe that it is vital to promote greater cooperation and interactions with other regional and trans-regional Organizations and arrangements in Asia, in particular the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, ECO and ACD.
Mr. Chairman
Economic, political and legal unilateralism undermines regional cooperation. In this regard, the United States’ attempt to impose its own policies on some CICA Member States is a matter of grave concern. A recent example of the United States’ unilateralism and indifference towards the opinions of the international community is its decision to withdraw from the JCPOA. This act is a serious breach of its legal obligations under the UN Charter, which entails its international responsibility. It is our responsibility to act in the face of this international intimidation and affront towards international legal order.
In conclusion, I would like to once again reiterate my country’s commitment to the lofty goals and objectives of the CICA. I hope that today’s meeting could be a turning point for enhancement of cooperation among CICA member States.
I thank you for your attention

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