Araqchi: Iran’s position in N. talks strengthened by strong public turnout in rallies

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi said people’s high turnout in today’s pro-government rallies, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, will provide a strong backup for the country’s negotiating team and strengthen their position in nuclear talks with the world powers.

“Definitely, the massive turnout in the rallies serves as a strong backing for talks with the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany),” Araqchi, also the Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and parliamentary affairs, told reporters on Tuesday on the sidelines of Bahman 22 rallies.

Araqchi said Iranian showed to the world that their rights are worth to be respected and the rallies turned many pressures and threats of enemies into opportunity.

n similar remarks earlier in same event, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the massive participation of the Iranian people in the February 11 rallies shows the ineffectiveness of the threats posed to Iran by the US and its allies.

“The message of people’s presence in the February 11 rallies is that no one can impose anything on this people, the Iranian people deserve respect and no one can speak with them with the language of force and threat,” Zarif said.

He described people’s strong presence on the scene as the “biggest backup for the nuclear negotiating team” in their talks with the world powers.

Millions of Iranians in Tehran and other cities throughout the country poured to the streets on Tuesday to show their unconditional support for the Islamic Republic through staging massive rallies on February 11th, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Huge masses of people from all walks of life converged on streets and squares all over the country to express their support for the cause and ideals of the Islamic Revolution.

A large number of foreign reporters covered the Bahman 22 (February 11) rallies.

In Tehran, demonstrators then congregated at the Azadi Square, Tehran’s main square and the site of major national rallies over the past three decades.

The nationwide rallies also prove to the world that the brave Iranian nation is fully ready to resist and challenge the enemies of Islam and the Islamic Republic.

Led by the Founder of the Revolution, Imam Khomeini, Iranians confronted the forces of US-proxy Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi in late 1977 to end his oppressive, cruel and autocratic rule over the country.

By December 1978, millions of Iranians would take to the streets in protest against the policies of the Shah on a regular basis.

Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to Iran to be received by millions of cheering crowds after the departure of the Shah in mid-January 1979. Two weeks later, the country saw the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

The final collapse of the Shah’s regime came on February 11 when the military renounced its loyalty to the Shah and joined the revolutionary forces.

On this day 35 years ago, people took to the streets to celebrate the collapse of the Pahlavi Dynasty and the emergence of the new era.

By Fars News Agency 


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