Kelvin Benjamin Herald reporter
The Islamic Republic of Iran Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Mohammad Pournajaf yesterday said his
government will continue working with Zimbabwe in fighting Western imperialism.
Speaking at the 23rd anniversary of the death of Islam philosopher Imam Khomeini in Harare, Mr Pournajaf said their presence in Zimbabwe was meant to share ideas which include fighting Western domination on so-called weaker states. Mr Pournajaf said it was up to developing countries to decide their future.
“We are not here in Zimbabwe for business, but to share ideas with the people here.
“The future of mankind is in our hands and we will determine our future and no one will do that for us.”
Mr Pournajaf said the recognition of homosexuality in Western countries showed lack of divinity. He said developing countries must not enhance such evil practices at the expense of their dignity.
Guest of honour, Deputy Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Lazarus Dokora applauded the good relations between the two countries.
He said the country will continue fighting imperialism. He said the negative publicity by the international media on Iran’s uranium project and all developmental projects by Third World countries showed that the West was worried by the development of the so-called small states.
“There was a time when Eastern countries were portrayed as crooks, but the truth has been revealed,” he said.
“We now know who our friends are and that is the reason why we have the Look East Policy.”
President for the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe Bishop Johannes Ndanga said developing countries should come together and fight for their rights which were being infringed upon by “super powers”.
“The bullying syndrome by the West is something that every human in the developing countries must fight against,” he said.
“They claim to be democratic nations, but there is no democracy in Britain and the United States.”
Imam Khomeini was a political philosopher and a religious leader who fought against Western domination.