Iranian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Homeira Rigi Zirouki yesterday released a statement to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and National Day of Iran today:
“Today, February 11, coincides with the celebration of 43rd anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution and National Day of Islamic Republic of Iran. Forty-three years ago, with the will of the people of my country, extensive changes took place in the form of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and since then, being Islamic and being a republic has been added to the name of Iran; and the constitution and the mechanisms of national and foreign policy of the country were rewritten according to it. Since then, independence, preservation of the country’s territorial integrity and preservation of human dignity, development of social justice, human growth and scientific and industrial development of the country, relying on domestic capabilities, has been at the forefront of the country’s affairs.
“Currently, 18 Iranian universities are among the top universities in the world. Iran is one of the top 10 countries in the world in terms of winning medals in scientific Olympiads. According to the World Economic Forum, Iran ranks fifth in the world in terms of graduates in the four fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Iran is the eighth country in the world in the field of satellite launch capability and the fourth country in the world in the field of nanotechnology. Iran’s aviation industry is ranked 10th among 147 countries in the world. Iran ranks second among the most advanced countries in the field of stem cell knowledge. There are more than 1,500 knowledge-based companies and more than 36 science and technology parks in Iran.
“In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the simultaneous confrontation of the people with the effects of unilateral and unjust sanctions, especially in the field of medicine, medical equipment and corona diagnostic kits, Iranian scientists rely on indigenous knowledge to produce the COVID-19 vaccine and after the necessary tests approved by the World Health Organization, was used to combat the pandemic and had positive results in counteracting the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, 90 per cent of the Iranian people have been vaccinated and the economic and social life of the people in the country is going on with the constant observance of the use of masks and health protocols. Indeed, in this global health crisis, nations are increasingly realising the importance of working together to manage the crisis.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran and Brunei Darussalam during their 28 years of political relations have benefitted from the good relations of brotherhood in bilateral and multilateral relations in the regional and international arenas and I am confident that in the future, with the efforts of the officials of these two Muslim countries, relations in various fields will be improved.
“As you are aware, the Islamic Republic of Iran is following the Vienna talks with a responsible and committed approach, and serious talks to reach a good and lasting agreement and it has focussed all its efforts on lifting unjust sanctions against the Iranian people. We strongly believe that diplomacy and dialogue are still the best way to resolve all important issues in the international arena, although sometimes some statesmen of other countries have confused the position of diplomacy and coercion.
“We believe that those who unilaterally deviate from international obligations and violate the treaty will be the ultimate losers in judging history.
“We pray for a bright future, with the economic recovery of all countries especially the Islamic Republic of Iran and Brunei Darussalam and the promotion of the welfare and security of the people, the spread of justice, peace and blessings throughout the world.”