Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
July 25, 2019
Thank you, Mr. President. The United States has called a vote on today’s resolution because we have deep concerns about potential UN collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organization. Iran, which chairs and hosts the Economic Cooperation Organization, has a clear track record of undermining regional security. Iran has destabilized its neighbors, in particular through its support to terrorist organizations like Hizballah, the supply of advanced weapons to the Houthis in Yemen, and its extensive military support for the Assad regime’s attacks against the Syrian people. Therefore, we do not believe Iran is contributing to regional economic development. Iran must be held accountable for its destabilizing behavior. That is why we are asking all members to vote “no” on this resolution. Thank you.