Iranian MPs invite UN chief to human rights debate
Iranian parliamentarians said they want to meet UN Chief Ban Ki-moon to ask him about his biased attitude towards certain global issues and developments, including human rights issues, Fars news agency reported.
Speaking to FNA, member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmayeel Kosari expressed the hope that Ban Ki-moon would accept the invitation of the parliament's Human Rights Committee and join the committee members in a meeting on the sidelines of the upcoming conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, adding that the meeting would be in the interest of both sides.
As regards the topic of the discussions, Kosari said, "We believe that Mr. Ban Ki-moon does not have a fair attitude towards international developments and his decisions are essentially biased. Therefore, we are willing to hear Mr. Secretary-General's explanations in this regard."
Chairman of the parliament's Human Rights Committee Hadi Shoushtari had informed FNA earlier today that the Iranian legislature plans to invite Ban Ki-moon to take part in the meeting.
"We ask Ban Ki-moon to respond to a number of questions of the Iranian parliamentarians at a meeting with the Islamic Consultative Assembly's (parliament's) Human Rights Committee," Shoushtari told FNA.
Shoshtari said that the members of the Human Rights Commission are serious about the meeting with the UN chief as they have many shortcomings with regard to "his behavior".
The UN secretary-general will attend the 16th heads-of-state conference of the NAM in Tehran from Aug. 26-31.