The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Iran Celebrates 34th Islamic Revolution Anniversary

ZIMBABWE joined the Iranian community in celebrating the 34th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that overthrew the Shar monarchy. Addressing guests who attended the celebrations in Harare today, Islamic Republic of Iran ambassador to Zimbabwe Cde Mohammad Pournajaf said his country had achieved a lot since the 1979 revolution.

"The revolution overthrew a 2 500-year-old monarchy and since then, the Islamic Republic of Iran now has a legislative Parliament and holds elections every four years," said Cde Pournajaf.

He also highlighted other achievements by the Iranian government that included advancements in bio-technology, the medical field - especially treatment of cancer of the thyroid gland - laser technology and chemical engineering among others.

"Iranian researchers have also succeeded in the production of a new type of Nan catalyst that needs no visible light to remove colourants from waste water," he said.

Turning to Iranian relations with Zimbabwe, Cde Pournajaf noted that they had grown from strength to strength since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries during the 1980s.

"My government has since made several multi-million dollar investments in the country that have cemented our relationship. These include the Modzone Textile factory in Chitungwiza and the Mochira Tractor Assembly Plant," said Cde Pournajaf.

Meanwhile, Cde Pounajaf took the opportunity to announce that he had come to the end of his tour of duty in Zimbabwe and would be leaving for another diplomatic posting on February 26.

He expressed his appreciation at the patience and tolerance of the Zimbabwean people that he observed during his stay.

"Our friendship goes beyond diplomatic ties but has spread to the ordinary people. Iranian citizens resident in Harare have also been warmed by the hospitality of the Zimbabwean people," said Cde Pournajaf.

He wished Zimbabwe success in its harmonised elections later this year.

The Islamic Revolution anniversary was also attended by the Minister of Presidential Affairs Didymus Mutasa, Youth Development and Employment Creation Minister Savior Kasukuwere, Zanu PF Women's League chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri and Major-General Douglas Nyikayaramba.

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