42nd Anniversary of the Iran revolution

11 February 2021
Statement by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Pretoria, South Africa

On 10 February 2021 we celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the Iran revolution. Last year was one of the toughest years for the Iranian nation because of illegal sanctions and pressures. But Iran is not a country to be surrendered. Throughout history, Iran has been seen as a cradle of humanity, culture and science. Forty-two years ago, one of the most popular revolutions of the twentieth century achieved victory. Such a great development has not been far from hatred and enmity. But, despite various conspiracies and impediments by the enemies and all kinds of hostility such as the imposed war, sanctions, economic terrorism and demonization through world media against the Iranian nation and its government, the country has hit abundant scientific, economic and technological achievements.

In this respect, self-reliance and progress in education, agricultural and industrial products and advancements in areas of Nano-technology, Aerospace, water management, civil nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in particular healthcare and clean energy are very paramount. Data and statistics released by credited international institutes also indicate the comprehensive progress and development of Iran, in particular in the scientific and technological areas.

During the past 42 years, the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran have proved that when engaged with negotiation on the basis of mutual respect, they honor their part of the deal and abide by all their obligations; however, when faced with oppressive and maximum pressure, they manifest heroic resistance and give an unprecedented defeat to those waging economic terrorism on the country.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has a unique role in ensuring security and stability of the region and the world is standing sacrificially on the frontline of fighting against such ominous phenomena as terrorism, extremism, narcotics smuggling and it has paid a heavy price on this path. We honor the memory of the national and global hero of fighting against terrorism and extremism, Martyr General Qasem Soleimani and all other martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of peace and security in the region and the world.

The Islamic Republic of Iran while benefiting from a strategic geographic location and massive natural and human resources and a large market, has unique and extensive potentials for cooperation and partnership in all domains in particular development and expansion of economic and commercial ties with all peaceful countries.

This year, on the forty-second anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, the free nations of the world are witnessing the defeat of the maximum pressure and economic terrorism of the Trump administration against the Iranian nation. World public opinion awaits the return of the new US administration to its commitments under the JCPOA and the lifting of unilateral, oppressive and illegal US sanctions against Iran. Continuation of the current situation means the continuation of the failed policy of the Trump administration by the administration of Mr. Joe Biden and will be doomed to failure. It is true that the Trump administration's economic terrorism against Iran has failed, but the extent of the huge damage inflicted on the country and the Iranian people over the past four years must also be clarified. The US government is not only obliged to immediately lift the sanctions imposed by Trump on Iran, but is also responsible for compensating the huge damages inflicted on the Iranian people and the Iranian economy as a result of these illegal sanctions. The Islamic Republic of Iran has the right to claim and pursue damages through legal as well as political and diplomatic channels.

The bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Republic of South Africa is based on a long lasting friendship of the two nations. Politically and in the international domain the two countries show their commitment to multilateralism and it is now time to develop our economic relations to an acceptable level.