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سخنرانی در مراسم دیپلماتیک روز ملی

 

 

In the Name of God the compassionate, the merciful

 

Ambassadors, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today we are celebrating the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.

In the winter months of 1979 a nation united and rose to topple a dictatorial regime that had been imposed on our country. We have come a long way since those winter months but the ride has not been easy.

Within months of the Revolution there was an eight-year imposed war that would claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iranians and cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars. Throughout this aggression, most of the Persian Gulf states and Western countries gave unconditional support to the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Sadly, the war cost us dearly and held us back at a time when most of the world was moving fast forward.

The post-war Iran was about to stand on its feet when another obstacle - the nuclear saga - was manufactured. This was followed by the imposition of the unjust and illegal sanctions as well as the economic, political and other pressures on my country. Throughout all these hard years we persevered and learned to resist relying on our own resources and expertise to defend our country and to safeguard our interests. It was an extremely difficult and costly endeavor but the resilience of the Iranian nation paid off and we have managed to move forward and forward we have moved.  

Domestically, we have made headways in all political, social, economic, scientific, cultural and educational fields. Our female population has beaten the boys into second place in university places and they are playing an active role in the society. Regionally, Iran is the most stable country in one of the most volatile region of the World. The Islamic Republic of Iran has reached this point despite all the threats, adversaries, impediments and limitations.

Ambassadors, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) provides Iran with acceptable assurances and international recognition of its peaceful nuclear program. It also gives the World the opportunity to reengage Iran without hindrances. The resolution of the nuclear issue through diplomacy was a win-win for all and a victory for diplomacy. What made the nuclear deal possible was the approach centered on engagement, compromise and negotiations carried out with respect and - not a policy of coercion.

Iran's stability, resources, broad domestic industrial base; transportation infrastructure; technology and know-how, a well-educated and skilled workforce constitute a unique advantage for any country or company that seeks genuine partnership.  Iran's geographical location gives it immediate access to a population of around half a billion people in Central Asian and the Persian Gulf region as well as countries further east.

Iran, with its deep sea ports and road and railway links can also be a thoroughfare for international business between Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and the Far East.

As a result of the renewal of the long overdue pragmatic approach towards my country and the relative hold on the campaign of Iranophobia, after the nuclear agreement, Tehran has played host to tens of high level delegations, including presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, and top businesspeople from all across the world, especially the West. The Iranian President has since visited Italy and France, the first European visit by an Iranian president in 16 years. The visit resulted in the signing of 35 agreements worth about 50 billion dollars.   

We are pleased with the recent turn of events and are determined to honour our undertakings and expect others to do the same. We cannot erase history but we hold no grudges either for all the wrongs done against us. This was the essence of the remarks by President Rouhani a few days ago at a press conference along the French President when he said "Let us forget the resentment," "We are ready to turn the page."

Turning to Iran-Denmark bilateral relations, I am very pleased to state that the two-day visit to Tehran by the Foreign Minister, H.E. Kristian Jensen, in early January, accompanied by representatives from 58 companies, industrial and scientific institutions clearly showed the degree of interest by Denmark to expand ties with Iran. I had the opportunity to accompany the Minister in all his meetings in Tehran and everywhere the emphasis was on the readiness by both sides to accelerate cooperation, particularly in the fields of trade and economy. I was also present at the Iran-Denmark Commercial Forum, organized by the Iranian Chamber of Commerce where businesspeople from both countries were able to meet, interact and discuss possible future cooperation. The forum was a well suited event to remind the audience about Iran's preference for long-term commitment and cooperation on technology transfer and investment.  

During the Danish Foreign Minister's visit, some regional crises, mainly increasing terrorist threats and irresponsible behavior of certain counties in the region were also discussed. The two sides agreed to continue their consultations on a regular basis.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to end by wishing you all the best of health and success and I look forward to working closely with you in the coming days and months.

Thank you for your patience.

 

 

 

 

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