The ceremony honoring the anniversary of the chemical attack in Sardasht was held today with the presence of Dr. Reza Najafi, the deputy of legal and international affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a number of respected chemical veterans, representatives of non-governmental organizations active in the chemical field, officials of domestic institutions and ambassadors of foreign agencies and the offices of the international organizations resident in Tehran at the office of the Institute for Political and International Studies.
In this ceremony, the message of Dr. Amir-Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of our country, was read by Asadullah Eshraq Jahormi, Director General of International Peace and Security.
In the message of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the serious determination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pursue the rights of the chemical veterans of our country in international forums was emphasized, and the actions of Western governments in boycotting the drugs needed by the chemical veterans were condemned. Also, in this message, the support and complicity of Western companies and their respective countries in equipping the Iraqi Baathist regime with chemical weapons for chemical attack and committing this crime against the innocent citizens of our country, including children and women, was condemned.
In the continuation of the ceremony, the video message of Fernando Arias, Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, was broadcast on the occasion of commemorating the victims of the chemical attack on Sardasht.
While honoring the memory of the victims of chemical weapons in Sardasht, he emphasized the commitment of the international community in order to prevent the recurrence of tragedies such as the chemical bombing of Sardasht.
Also, Reza Najafi, the deputy of legal and international affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, explained the actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of the Chemical Weapons Convention, including the holding of an international course on the medical aspects of aid and protection against chemical weapons hosted by our country, the creation of an international support network for the victims of chemical weapons and our country's continuous membership in the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
While explaining the political approach of the UN Security Council and the international community during the period of holy defense, he condemned the dual behavior of this organization in response to Saddam Hussein's repeated chemical attacks against Iranian soldiers and civilians.
At the end of the ceremony, two female chemical veterans of Sardasht, as eyewitnesses, presented a story about the day of the bombing of Sardasht and the physical and mental effects of being exposed to chemical weapons on various aspects of their lives, and they raised the expectations of chemical veterans from international institutions to remove the inhumane sanctions on the drugs needed by the chemical veterans of our country.
Also, a photo exhibition was held on the side of the venue of the ceremony at the office of the Institute for Political and International Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the subject of the victims of the chemical attack in Sardasht.