Street in Tehran named after Nelson Mandela

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela passed away at age 95 on December 5, 2013.

TEHRAN, Dec. 10 (MNA) – Africa Street in northern Tehran has been renamed after Nelson Mandela during a ceremony with the presence of two members of Tehran City Council and South African ambassador to Iran.

Pointing to the similarities between Iran and South Africa in fighting against hegemonies and achieving significant victories, Tehran City Council Vice Chairman Morteza Talaei said he was glad that the Islamic Revolution’s victory over the monarchy initiated the struggles against apartheid in South Africa.

Morteza Talaei highlighted the key role played by two prominent Leaders Imam Khomeini (RA) and Nelson Mandela in prevailing humanity and virtues as the greatest achievements by both world leaders.

“Nelson Mandela does not belong to a nation, he belongs to all humanity, all history and the whole world,” said Talaei, adding that Iran is proud of naming one of its best streets after deceased leader Mandela on the twentieth anniversary of the revolution in South Africa and the first anniversary of the death of Mandela.

Tehran City Council member Gholamreza Ansari said Mandela’s name shines in the history of mankind and due to Tehrani citizen’s spirit of freedom seeking, they would welcome renaming of Africa Street to Nelson Mandela.

South African ambassador to Iran, for his part, expressed surprise at the event and said “South Africa was formed in 1994 and today we celebrate the twentieth anniversary, but it should be noted that our people owe their victory to the Islamic Revolution and the personality of Imam Khomeini (RA).”

By Mehr News Agency

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