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Iran's Security Council membership requires close regional ties: expert

TEHRAN, Oct. 8 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran needs to establish close relations with the regional states in order to win their support for a seat at the UN Security Council, international expert Yousef Molaii said here on Monday.

Referring to Foreign Minister Manucher Mottaki's recent request for Iran's membership at the Security Council, Molaii told the Mehr News Agency that the Islamic Republic should make every effort to reinforce its comprehensive ties with regional countries in its campaign for a Security Council seat.

UN non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms starting on January 1, with five replaced each year. The members are chosen by regional groups and confirmed by the UN General Assembly.

Former Iranian representative to the United Nations, Alireza Rajaii Khorassani, lauded the country's attempts to gain a UN seat as the representative of Asia.

"Every country has the right to have a seat at the UN council and we should repeat this request every year," Khorassani told MNA, adding that the move does not run counter to the president's stances.

It is likely that UN permanent members and even the United States would welcome Iran's membership so as to reinforce relations with the Islamic Republic, he argued.

However international expert Alireza Davari stated that Iran's top priority should be removing its nuclear dossier from the Security Council agenda.

Security Council plays a key role among major international decision making bodies and trying to win a seat at this top body is by itself a good idea, he noted; however, Iran's top priority should be removing the nuclear dossier from the UN rather than seeking a membership at the organization, he opined.

He described the country's attempts to win a council seat as an example of Ahmadinejad's "active diplomacy".

Meanwhile former reformist MP, Ali Tajernia, said that membership in the Security Council is in itself a positive action, but in the long run it will lead Iran into giving in to dominant powers.

MP Mahdi Kuchak-Zadeh stated, "Although we should not be so optimistic about the decisions of international organizations, but presence in such assemblies will give us the advantage of disseminating the message of the Islamic Revolution."

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