Iran Loses Vote At UN Over Unpaid Dues

Iran is among eight countries including Venezuela and Sudan that have lost their rights to vote at the United Nations because of unpaid dues.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a letter to the General Assembly that a total of 11 countries are behind in their payments, according to AFP, which obtained the letter on Wednesday.

The eight countries that have lost their rights to vote are Iran, Sudan, Venezuela, Antigua and Barbuda, Congo, Guinea and Papua New Guinea, the letter said.

Iran has to pay $18 million to recover its vote, while Sudan needs to come up with nearly $300,000 and Venezuela around $40 million.

However, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Iran commits itself to fully and timely payment of its membership fees to the UN and other international organizations.

According to Khatibzadeh, it is for the second consecutive year Iran has been refused the right to vote in the UN.

Khatibzadeh said that Iran has faced serious problems in paying its dues due to illegal US sanctions imposed against the country.

Under the UN charter, a member country’s right to vote is suspended when its arrears equal or exceed the amount of dues it should have paid over the preceding two years.



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