Allmynews Exclusiv-Interview with his Excellency Dr. Alireza Salari, the iranian ambassodor in Bern on the occasion of the 35th anniversary celebration of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Allmynews has been invited to the 35th anniversary celebration at the Iranian embassy in Bern. Photojournalist und Allmynews-Publisher Gerd Müller took the chance for a short interview with his „Excellency“ Dr. Alireza Salari, the Iranian Ambassador in Bern since 2009. Allmynews will soon ad another interview held with Mehdi Abedi, Deputy Head of the iranian embassy and cultural attachée. But now, let’s have a look, what Alireza Salari has to say.
Allmynews: Dr. Salari, the Iran looks back to a turbulent year: The presidential elections, the compromise in Geneva and as a result the end of some sanctions for a certain periode. Do we see sort of an “arabian spring” in your country?
Dr. Salari: We had our Iranian Spring (revolution) 35 years ago and since then, thanks to the democratic system stipulated in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, every 4 years we could breath a new flavour of this spring. He last election hence brought another spring wind and some changes and according to the circumstance.
Allmynews: Do you belive, that the relations between the western countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran can be normalized now more rapidly? Which steps the Iranian government has planned to enhance the peace-process?
Dr. Salari: The crisis in our relations with the west was unnecessary and a by prpduct of mutual suspicion fomented by enemies of both sides. If the two parties could clear this smoke of lack of confidence, the future would be more prosperous for the whole world. In this direction, Iran could have more transparency and the west should avoid arrogant behaviour.
Allmynews: You have said in another media report, that western medias are often instrument-talised by the propaganda-machines of their governments. Please precise that for our readers?
Dr. Salari: I think the mainstream media in the west is only following the strict interest of powerful pressure groups in power who want to have a monopole of economy, polity and culture in the world (we call it western arrogance).
They can not tolerate independence of nations and any other voice challenging this monopoly whether it is from Iran, Swiss or any other part of the world. That’s the main reason behind the western animosity towards Iran and blocking our satellite television and radio channels and economic sanctions.
Dr. Salari: The west has targeted all our people and economy. I think the most inhuman action in this domain has been prevention of medicinal drugs and instruments to reach Iran. This has caused the most innocent and needy members of Iranian population to suffer and die.
In other words we have been faced with a crime against humanity which is caused by both blocking our wealth outside and also preventing banking transfers in general. So I think until these crimes in tandem are not stopped, we could not have a right solution for saving the lives of our people in Iran.
Allmynews: Die ITB in Berlin is knocking on our doors. Is there hope for the tourism business and what does this means for the Iranian people?
Dr. Salari: Ja, tourism is an industry which could benefit the economies and also bring the nations more together. Iran is one of the richest lands in the world by its cultural and historical heritage. But to have a flourished industry we need an efficient infrastructure. Then we would rely on the unbiased media to show the realities of Iran.
Allmynews: Last question: Are you under heavy surveillance of the NSA and other intelligence services? How do you get along with that? And would the Iran offer Mr. Snowden exil?
Dr. Salari: By recent revelations, I think nobody could feel immune vis a vis these organisations. On the other hand, we have nothing to hide also. The Iranian policy and behaviour is may be the most transparent in the world. That’s why our nation has been targeted by the above mentioned cruelties and economic terrorism (sanctions).
As for Mr. Snowden, I think there are many nations and governments (even in the west) who have precedence in their sufferings caused by his former employers, to offer him refuge and hence find out the depth of theirs losses.
Allmynews Publisher Gerd Müller would like to thank you his excellency for the interview and invitation.
Link to further reports about the Iran:
Pdf-files of the Photogaleries from the 35th anniversary