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Iran deal is victory over war: Iranian President

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo Credit: observer.com

By NewsGram Staff-Writer

United Nations: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday that the Iran deal is a victory over war.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo Credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo Credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

“The nuclear deal — (is a) victory over war,” Xinhua news agency quoted Rouhani as saying.

“(It) has managed to disperse the clouds of hostility and perhaps even the specter of another war and extensive tensions from the Middle East,” he said.

The statement came as the Iranian president was speaking at the General Debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened here on Monday morning.

In July, Iran and six world major countries adopted an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue that will put Iran on the path of sanctions relief but more strict limits on its nuclear program. The nuclear deal reached with the six world major countries is expected to help build confidence.

The comprehensive agreement was clinched between Iran and the P5+1 group — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany — after more than two weeks of tough bargaining in Vienna, the capital city of Austria.

Under the deal, the Security Council is expected to lift sanctions against Iran in return for Iran meeting strict conditions regarding its nuclear program.

Rouhani said that Iran would continue to seek peace within the region, adding that he had been elected two-years ago with a “mandate for consolidating peace and constructive engagement with the world”. He said that the deal also represented an opportunity for economic growth and development.

(With inputs from IANS)

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The UN Headquarters To Be Powered With Green Electricity From Gandhi Solar Park Gifted by India

The UN headquarters will be powered with green electricity when the Gandhi Solar Park gifted by India comes online on September 24

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The installation costing about $1 million will generate 50 kilowatts of electricity from the 193 solar panels. Pixabay

The UN headquarters will be powered with green electricity when the Gandhi Solar Park gifted by India comes online on September 24 symbolising New Delhi’s commitment to fighting climate change.

The installation costing about $1 million will generate 50 kilowatts of electricity from the 193 solar panels, each representing a UN member nation.

India is also donating a Gandhi Peace Garden made up of 150 trees, which will be located at a university campus in Old Westbury as another environmental gift.

The two gifts that come in the year of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth showcase two elements in the fight against climate change: Generating green energy from renewable resources through the solar park and using the trees to sequester (or capture back from the environment) carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.

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The UN will also be releasing a special stamp on Tuesday to commemorate Gandhi’s birth anniversary. Wikimedia Commons

The gifts mesh in with the focus of the high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly this year — fighting climate change, which Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called a “battle for our lives”.

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The UN will also be releasing a special stamp on Tuesday to commemorate Gandhi’s birth anniversary. (IANS)