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    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Iran to contribute to the Syrian and Yemeni crises.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Tehran to contribute to a political settlement of the Syrian and Yemeni crises, a statement issued Saturday on the UN website said.

    "The Secretary-General encouraged Iran to contribute to a political settlement of the crises in the region, particularly with regard to Syria and Yemen. The Secretary-General and President [Hassan] Rouhani called on the international community, and particularly the countries of the region, to help Iraq fight terrorism and re-establish stability," the statement read.

    Earlier in the day, Ban Ki-moon met with the Iranian president at the UN headquarters in New York City. The two discussed international efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism.

    The UN chief also congratulated Rouhani on the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the country’s nuclear program in July, expressing hope that it would be implemented "fully and in a timely manner."


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