US at low tide, Iranian president tells Russian Duma
During his visit to Russia, President Ebrahim Raisi gave a speech on Thursday before the State Duma in Moscow.
Here is the full text of his speech:
In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Merciful
His Excellency Mr. Volodin,
Honorable Chairman of the State Duma of Russia,
Ladies and gentlemen,
First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to the friendly government and nation of the Russian Federation for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to me and to the delegation accompanying me to the beautiful city from Moscow.
I take this opportunity to congratulate the nation and the government of Russia on the occasion of the birthday of Jesus Christ and the New Year. The people of Iran and the world of Islam respect Jesus Christ and his pure mother, Holy Mary, and based on the teachings of the Quran, believe that the most important common message of all Abrahamic religions is the spiritual development of mankind through the worship of the Lord of the Worlds, which in itself promotes peace and intimacy and the emergence of god-loving and, therefore, human societies. At the same time, worshiping God always takes on its meaning by avoiding obedience and worshiping any entity other than God.
I am very glad that in the programs of this trip there was an opportunity to attend the State Duma and meet with you, the representatives of the people of the ancient culture and civilization of Russia. In this regard, I would like to thank Mr. Volodin, the Honorable Chairman of the State Duma of Russia, the Deputy Speaker of the Duma, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations and other members of the State Duma for organizing this program and giving me the opportunity to speak.
As I mentioned during a cordial meeting and constructive conversation with Mr. Volodin, when the Russian political delegation attended my inauguration; the Islamic Republic of Iran has the will and the availability to develop and expand relations with the Russian Federation.
Today, fortunately, there are very clear horizons for cooperation between the two countries at the bilateral, regional and international levels. Strengthening Iranian-Russian relations in bilateral and multilateral forms will boost the economies of both nations and enhance regional and international security. The abundant but complementary economic and trade capacities of the two countries, as well as the power and influence of each of our two countries in their geographical areas, can strengthen the convergence between the regions.
The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks “maximum interaction” with all countries in the world, especially its neighbors and allies. The purpose and basis of this cooperation and interaction is the mutual interests of nations and the growing formation of a “civilized world community”. This path can be achieved through the cooperation of independent countries with high cultures and attention to the principles of “justice, morality and spirituality”. Undoubtedly, the root of what human society suffers from today is the separation of politics from morality and spirituality. Violence, terrorism, the breakdown of the family institution and the spread of drugs are not part of a spiritualistic mindset. Any structure created on the basis of this segregation intensifies the suffering of humanity and, instead of promoting justice, structures oppression and creates the root causes of domination.
Ladies and Gentlemen Representatives,
The experience of an international system based on domination shows that it has produced only war, violence, insecurity and division between nations. The failure of the military occupation policy forcing the United States to flee Iraq and Afghanistan stems from a concept: the resistance of nations. The idea of resistance serves the independence of countries. In modern times, the concept of resistance plays a central role in deterrence equations. The successful model of cooperation between Iran and Russia in Syria has also ensured the independence of the countries and the consolidation of regional security in the continued resistance of the Syrian people and government. In this regard, we appreciated the cooperation of the Russian Federation with the intelligent leadership of Mr. Putin, which is commendable and can be considered an effective model for the development of cooperation in various fields.
However, the war on terrorism is part of the war on hegemony; because terrorism is one of the by-products of hegemony. The strategy of domination has now failed, and the United States is in its weakest position, and the power of independent nations is experiencing its historic growth. The important thing at this time, which requires vigilance, is that the desires for domination have not disappeared and that new forms of domination are on the agenda. The most important objective of this program is to weaken independent governments from within, which is pursued through economic sanctions, destabilization, promotion of insecurity and false accounts of events; In such a way that they try to change the place of the oppressor and the oppressed in public opinion.
The United States’ “evil alliance” with terrorists is clear to the world, especially to nations in West Asia, from Syria to Afghanistan. Now there are elaborate plans to send Takfiri terrorists on new missions from the Caucasus to Central Asia. Experience has shown that it is pure Islamic thought that can prevent the formation of extremism and takfiri terrorism.
NATO, on the other hand, seeks to infiltrate various geographical areas with new cover that threatens the common interests of independent states. Promoting pro-Western governments and confronting independent democracies based on national identities and traditions are among NATO’s cultural projects that reflect the hypocrisy of this diminishing pattern of behavior.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Sanctioning nations is a common form of new domination, and countering it requires the cooperation of independent states and a collective response. Otherwise, the sanctions will affect all countries, even allies of the United States, under various pretexts. The United States claims that the sanctions are due to the nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Everyone knows that these activities are legal and under the constant surveillance of the International Atomic Energy Agency. But the reality is that at different historical periods of Iran’s development, whenever our nation raised the banner of nationalism, independence or scientific development, it had to face sanctions and pressure from enemies. of the Iranian nation.
The policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to the fatwa of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, is that we do not seek a nuclear weapon, and such weapons have no place in our defense strategy. America seeks to oppose the rights of our nation. Our philosophy is also clear: “We do not renounce the rights of our nation”. Those chanting “America is back” have yet to fulfill their obligations under the nuclear deal. We are satisfied with nothing less than our rights. The Islamic Republic of Iran is serious about reaching an agreement if the other parties are serious about the effective and operational lifting of sanctions.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The policy of maximum interaction of the Islamic Republic of Iran with independent governments is original and will continue regardless of developments in the international environment. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the winner of two battlegrounds against terrorism and the campaign of maximum economic pressure. At the same time, the Islamic Republic of Iran has vast economic potential, especially in the fields of energy, trade, agriculture, industry and technology, which paves the way to beneficial cooperation for any bilateral or multilateral interaction with different countries. In this regard, basic agreements have been reached between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation, which will lead to a significant leap in bilateral economic relations for the benefit of both nations, and effective regional cooperation for the benefit of the peace and stability of nations. in different regions. Iran’s privileged geographical location, especially the North-South Corridor, can make India’s trade to Russia and Europe cheaper and more prosperous. The stabilization and benefit of relations between the two countries require the expansion of cooperation in the fields of science, society, culture and the media, and we are ready for the maximum development of stable and long-term relations. term. To this end, we believe that the relationship between the two countries should be designed in such a way that, while offering mutual benefits, it is also free from third-party interference.
Ladies and Gentlemen Representatives,
Fortunately, there are good relations between the parliaments of the two countries, and the interactions that exist in the form of the Parliamentary High Commission, between the various committees and commissions, as well as the parliamentary friendship groups, help a lot to develop relations friendly relations between the two countries, particularly in the economic field, in addition to promoting parliamentary relations. We consider the role of parliaments to be very important for the development of relations between the two countries and we welcome this, both bilaterally and multilaterally.
The Islamic Republic of Iran considers and supports Russia’s initiative to organize a meeting of the Speakers of the Parliaments of Iran, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan and China in the fight against terrorism.
We hope to see the promotion of relations and the benefit of the peoples of the two countries from the benefits of these relations and the establishment of peace and stability in the region by making the best use of the capacities and continuing cooperation between the two countries. in regional relations and international issues.
I sincerely appreciate your kind attention.