G77, China slam unilateral sanctions against Iran


G77 and China describe imposition of sanctions on Iran as unacceptable.

G77 member states together with China condemned imposition of illegal and unilateral sanctions against Iran.

In a statement in New York on Friday, G77 and China termed the sanctions as unacceptable.

The statement, unanimously adopted, was issued during the 28th annual meeting of the G77 foreign ministers on the sidelines of the 69th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

Based on the statement, the member states strongly dismissed the use of overseas laws and unilateral action in any form like sanctions against developing countries.

It further highlighted the need for speedy removal of all forms of such sanctions.

It was the first time that the foreign ministers of the G77 and China adopted an explicit tone in condemning the unilateral sanctions against Iran as unacceptable.

The statement also focused on the negative impact of the sanctions on prosperity and development of the Iranian nation and called for their speedy removal.

The Group of 77 (G77) was established on 15 June 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries at the end of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. Now the ranks of its members include 133 countries.

The Group of 77 is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations, which provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests.

Source: Iran Front Page – http://iranfrontpage.com/hard-news/2014/09/g77-china-slam-unilateral-sanctions-iran/

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi: Ayatollah Al-Sistani’s stance will go down in history

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has praised Iraqi top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for his remarkable role in preserving Iraq’s national unity, and painting a true picture of Islam in the face of attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The following is the translation of a short report the daily released on the comments of the Italian premier:

As for brutal attacks at the hands of ISIS terrorists and Baathist loyalists since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003, he acknowledged that despite such heinous crimes, not only have top Shiite clerics not persuaded Shiites to take revenge on followers of other faiths, but they have treated them as equals and part of their own community.