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Message of H.E. Dr. Morteza Aboutalebi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Romania, on the occasion of the National Day. Given the long historical relations of Iran and Romania, the horizon of sustainable cooperation based on common interests is very clear and promising

Forty years ago, on this day, the Islamic Revolution under the leadership of Imam Khomeini gained the victory, and the “Islamic Republic of Iran” was founded based on divine laws and through the public participation and votes. One of the most important achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a real political independence, pursuing the nation’s aspirations, including freedom and justice, as continued till today, under the guidance and leadership of supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

We do confirm and stress that the only way to achieve real and justice-based progress in our economy, is to rely on domestic workforce and potentialities and to get rid of an oil-driven economy. Based on credible indicators, Iran is currently the eighteenth economy globally and according to the latest projection by The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Iran’s economy will be ranked 15th in 2021.

The foreign policy of the Islamic Republic is based on two basic principles: the negation of foreign domination and mutual respect, and it emphasizes on the extensive interaction with the countries of the world. Iran has repeatedly stated and practically proved the peaceful nature of her nuclear energy program. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also approved the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities. In this regard, the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA) is an example of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s interactive policy with the international system. This document was a successful experience of multilateral diplomacy that embraced the interests of all sides, representing a model for addressing any other international crises.

Through our experience, we learned that in order to protect our people, safeguard our independence and security and defend our national honor, we must rely on indigenous capacities to meet the country legitimate defense needs. Iran has mentioned repeatedly that her defense capabilities are solely deterrent and this issue is never negotiable.

Iranian proposals for political settlements to end the horrifying wars in Yemen and Syria have been welcomed by the international community. We think the remains of “terrorism” in the form of extremist thoughts are still a problem for today’s international community. Therefore, we believe that solving the problem of terrorism, requires collective participation and the inclusive cooperation of the international community.

Here, I would like to declare that Iran and Romania have always had common points in many issues and matters regarding the regional and international cooperation. Considering the political will of the two countries to promote bilateral relations, especially in the field of economic exchanges, over the past years we have witnessed remarkable developments in the bilateral economic relations. Given the long historical relations of Iran and Romania, the horizon of sustainable cooperation between the two countries based on common interests is very clear and promising.

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