(English) Exklusiv-Interview with the Iranian Ambassador in Bern

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The Iranian Ambassador Alireza Salari talks to the foreign minister Mohammad-JAvad Zarif at the embassy iin Bern. Photo: GMC Photopress/Gerd Müler

The Iranian Ambassador Dr. Alireza Salari und Deputy Head Mehdi Abedi at the 35th anniversary celebration of the Islamic Republic in Bern. Photo: GMC Photopress/Gerd Müller

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 and the former swiss embassador. Photo: GMC

The Iranian Ambassador Alireza Salari talks to the former swiss embassador. Photo: GMC

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?   

The Iranian Ambassador talks to Daniel Ambühl, former Swiss EU-Diplomat. Photo: GMC/Gerd Müller

The Iranian Ambassador talks to Daniel Ambühl, former Swiss EU-Diplomat. Photo: GMC/Gerd Müller

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?

Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif with swiss, serbian and german diplomats and parliament members. Photo: GMC

Kathy Riklin, Member of  Swiss parliament, Serbians Premier COnseiller Dejan Ralevic, Mehdi Abedi, Deputy Head of the Iranian Embassy in Bern and a german diplomat. Photo: GMC

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.

Allmynews:  What will be better, when the sanction are gone? What does your country need most for prosperity and better relations?The Iranian Embassy in Bern.

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.   

Swiss Authorities at the Iranian Embassy Celebration in Bern

Jürg Wichtermann from the city of Bern surrounded by other guests of the 35th anniversary celebration of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the embassy in Bern. Photo: GMC/Gerd Müller

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?

The Iranian Embassy celebrating 35th anniversary. Photo: GMC

The Iranian Embassy Celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Republic took place on february 11th. Photo: GMC/Gerd Müller

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:

Iran Foreign Minister Calls for Even-handed Approach to Peace in Syria 

President Rouhani Delivers Message of Friendship and Hope

Schweiz-Iran: Gespräche in Tehran über Humanitäre Zusammenarbeit


Pdf-files of the Photogaleries from the 35th anniversary









Über Gerd M. Müller

Der Zürcher Foto-Journalist Gerd Michael Müller gründete vor 20 Jahren die Presse- und Bildagentur GMC Photopress. Müller arbeitet seit über 25 Jahren in der Tourismus-, Medien- und Kommunikationsbranche. Er hat über 1000 Publikationen und Reisereportagen in renommierten Medien veröffentlicht (u.a. «Welt am Sonntag», «FAZ», «FACTS», «Weltwoche», «SonntagsZeitung», «Globo», «Animan», «Reisen & Kultur-Journal», «FAZ», «Spiegel», «Süddeutsche Zeitung») und darüber hinaus auch für hochkarätige Spa- and Travel-Magazine wie «Relax & Style», «Tourbillon», «Excellence International», «World of Wellness» und «Wellness Live» gearbeitet. GMC Photopress besitzt ein umfangreiches Bildaurchiv mit rund 250'000 Bildern aus über 80 Ländern zu den Themen Lifestyle, Luxus, Beauty & Spa, Kultur, Touristische Highlights, Natur, Landschaft, Wildlife, Umwelt, Humanitäres und Soziales.
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  1. Erth Sandoval sagt:

    This is a great article! What cultural things could a tourist do or visit in Iran?

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