Iran Ambassador to Japan criticizes ‘demonization’ of his country

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

PanOrient News - Khaldon Azhari
TOKYO: On Iran’s National Day, Iranian Ambassador to Japan Peiman Seadat made an address in front of several leading politicians in which he spoke of the need for peace and prosperity in the face of “exclusion and injustice.”

His audience included Digital Minister KONO Taro, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs FUKUZAWA Yoichi and Komei Party leader YAMAGUCHI Natsuo, as well as government officials, members of the Japan-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group, and diplomatic and defense officials.

Seadat spoke of the “45 years of dedication and sacrifice” his people have made to “rebuild a nation standing proud in its independence, resilience, and vibrancy against significant challenges. Iran has made remarkable contributions to humanity throughout history.”

“Those who know Iran highly respect it for its dignity and integrity. Some others, though, seek to undermine these virtues through demonization, securitization, and disinformation.”

The Ambassador said that great civilizations always faced such challenges, but Iran has the endurance to face the challenges of the future.

“Our world is characterized by the collective contributions of diverse civilizations and nations,” he said. “The Persian civilization, on its part, has been artfully forthcoming in connecting and contributing to the outside world with a great sense of openness and receptiveness.”

“Regrettably, our world is often impaired by exclusion, injustice, and unfairness, which supplies a stark divide between the haves and the have-nots, and that hinders the realization of enduring peace and prosperity. Therefore, it is imperative to stress that the endurance of peace and prosperity relies heavily on the pillars of justice, fairness, and inclusiveness.”

The ambassador mentioned the suffering of the people of Gaza and noted “the moral and unifying message of divine religions: Mahatma Gandhi's purity and serenity; Nelson Mandela's compassion and forgiveness; Japanese grace and humility; and Persian affection and love for others.”

He said Iran’s relationship with Japan was “enriched by their deep-rooted cultures,” leaving “indelible marks on humanity.”

“We never forget that in 1953, the Nissho Maru, a Japanese ship, of the Idemitsu Company, broke the oil embargo unilaterally imposed on Iran by colonial powers. This bold but very judicious move remains treasured in the hearts of both Iran and Japan, and how meaningful and inspiring it could be for us today.”

The Ambassador also thanked Japan for its assistance after the devastating earthquake in the city of Bam and praised the people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

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