In the Name of the Most High— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) September 20, 2021
The brilliant victory of the National #Volleyball Team is very sweet for the Iranian nation. I sincerely thank you dear youth and your Iranian coach. pic.twitter.com/IaoBQGVcls
Diplomacy: Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian arrived in New York City to attend the U.N. General Assembly and more than 50 meetings on the sidelines. “Will outline our balanced, active, and smart foreign policy,” he tweeted.
Diplomacy: Abdollahian met with U.N. High Commission for Refugees Filippo Grandi to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
During a meeting with @FilippoGrandi,— Saeed Khatibzadeh | سعید خطیبزاده (@SKhatibzadeh) September 20, 2021
Foreign Minister @Amirabdolahian
emphasized the need for a more active #UNHCR role to address the critical humanitarian situation in #Afghanistan & condition of displaced Afghans.
As a host to millions of refugees, Iran expects int'l support. pic.twitter.com/VuHCK0pHwx
Diplomacy: President Ebrahim Raisi expressed support for diplomatic negotiations to restore full U.S. and Iranian compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. “We want nothing more than what is rightfully ours. We demand the implementation of international rules,” he said during his debut address to the United Nations. In his pre-recorded speech, the hardline cleric repeatedly condemned the United States for imposing economic sanctions on Iran.
Military: Major General Hossein Salami, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said that Iran had “built power to defeat” the United States. He had previously said that the United States was fleeing from the region and no longer posed a threat.
Oil: Hezbollah had transported a shipment of Iranian oil from Syria into Lebanon using trucks, the Lebanese channel Al Mayadeen reported.
Diplomacy: British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met with Foreign Minister Abdollahian to demand the release of detained British nationals and to urge Iran to return to nuclear talks on restoring compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.
🇬🇧🇮🇷 Important meeting today with Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian. I pressed two issues:— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 22, 2021
👉 I’m absolutely determined to secure the release of detained British nationals
👉 And I want to bring Ira. n back to the table on the nuclear deal and return to Vienna talks pic.twitter.com/ceoWP7dS0v
Diplomacy: Foreign Minister Abdollahian met E.U. foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. In a statement, Borrell said that Abdollahian assured him of Iran’s “willingness to resume (nuclear) negotiations at an early date.” They also discussed cooperating on challenges emanating from Afghanistan.
Nuclear: Axios reported that the U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Eyal Hulata, had discussed a “plan B” in case talks on restoring U.S. and Iranian compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal do not resume. The world’s six major powers and Iran held six rounds of talks in Vienna from April to June on restoring the agreement. The talks stalled in the summer, during Iran’s presidential election campaign in June and the political transition as Ebrahim Raisi took office and appointed his cabinet in August.