- Why not veto power for India, asks Iranian President
- Feb 17 2018
New Delhi, 17 February: Visiting Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani on Saturday (17 February) delivered a special address titled The priorities of the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran at a packed hotel hall in New Delhi.
The President severely criticised the veto power system of the global order, vesting in the hands of five countries, and asked why a country like India, with a population of over a billion, should not have the veto right.
“Why India do not have veto right? Why other countries have veto rights,” asked the Iranian President during his address organised by Observer Research Foundation in association with the Iranian Embassy in New Delhi.
The Iranian President said not only these countries have the veto power in the United Nations, they also have the might of nuclear bombs.
In his passionate address, he also pointed out that if a country reaches a deal with any of these five powers, then nothing happens to it even if it breaks international norms and rules, and the UN would remain ineffective.
Saying ethics should be above national interest for a fair foreign policy of any country, the Iranian President warned that wars, aggressions, terrorism would continue in the world unless there is fairness and justice to all countries and people.
The Iranian President also criticised the United States for its interference in Syria, saying the ISIS is of great interest for the US.
The Iranian President warned the US that the times of haggling over the Nuclear Deal are over now. “After the signing (of the Nuclear Agreement), there is no place for haggling. It is ridiculous,” he said.
“If they violate the agreement, the US will regret it,” he said asking the people of the US to oppose strongly such a move.
He pointed out that reneging the agreement by the US meant that it was breaking it not only with Iran, but seven other countries which have signed it as well as the UN which has ratified it.
The Iranian President had begun his address asking why problems are not over in the world, why wars are not over and why fear and terrorism is still continuing. According to him, the main reasons are reneging agreements by countries, by politicians, rulers and the unethical foreign policy of countries which is based on ‘might is right’.
While welcoming the Iranian President, ORF chairman Sunjoy Joshi pointed that dialogue is the only solution to the challenges being faced today and countries like India and Iran, with linkages dating back to centuries old, can play a crucial role in sorting out issues.
Joshi said both India and Iran have a good youthful population, comprising nearly 60 percent of their total population, and both countries should work together to remove barriers and obstacles to bring the aspiring youth a good future.
ORF Vice President Samir Saran moderated the event.