My most friendly greetings to Maryam Rajavi. I would like to thank the President once again for inviting me to attend your annual big gathering.
In a world that is always complex, we need personalities such as Maryam Rajavi with her commitment to human rights, democratic values, the separation of church and state, and rights for women to express themselves. Yes, Maryam Rajavi, I wish once again for you, your values and ideas, to continue leading this struggle for a long time.
An important event has taken place in Iran, the presidential election. It is true that in all democracies, the presidential election is a crucial moment, probably the most intense moment for a democracy because citizens vote on who will be responsible for preparing for the future and for representing the country abroad.
It is a shame that this moment took on a special aspect in Iran that was far from what the European Union expected and far from what was anticipated for a great country like Iran. Turnout in this presidential election was the lowest since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979. Less than one in three voters cast their vote for the presidential candidate.
But, the work continues based on common values that make a democracy. These values include respect for women’s rights, women’s equality, the rights to expression and for opposition. Today all this is vanished under the current regime and we have seen a large number of Iranians demand these values as they refrain from voting or cast invalid votes.