Arrival of the Iranian Board in Algeria
Iranian vice-president and head of Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs (FMVA) received a warm welcome from Algerian Minister of Mujahedin while arriving in the capital city of Algiers.
Right upon his arrival, Dr. Dehghan pointed to the mutual interest of both countries to expand their ties and emphasized that recent visits of either country's authorities were a sign of a firm decision to strengthen the relations. Referring to revolutionary records of both countries, he added, "The main difference of organizations like Iranian FMVA or Algerian Ministry of Mujahedin with other institutions in their respective countries lies in the fact that their target community is composed of people to whom all the society is beholden."
Sharif Abbas, Algerian Minister of Mujahedin welcomed the Iranian vice-president and announced his agenda. He further expressed his hope to expand the links between the two countries and to enhance the existing cooperation between the two institutions to exchange experiences.
Dr. Dehghan's trip was organized after Mr. Sharif Abbas, the Algerian Minister of Mujahedin paid a visit to Iran last December, to finalize and conclude mutual executive agreements and memorandums of understanding. During his stay, Mr. Vice-president later met the speaker of Senate and the acting president, also well-known Mujaheds of Algeria.
In this trip, head of FMVA was accompanied by Dr. Abbas Khameyar, deputy head of research and cultural relations, Dr. Araghizadeh, deputy head of health and treatment, and Mr. Siavash Rahpeik, director general of public relations and international affairs of FMVA.
Inauguration of an art exhibition for Iranian veterans
An exhibition of veterans' artworks was held in the museum of Mujahedin, at "Martyr's Place", Algiers, in the presence of Mr. Hussein Dehghan, Iranian vice-president and head of Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs (FMVA) and Mr. Sharif Abbas, Algerian Minister of Mujahedin Affairs.
In this event, 150 art pieces of 26 Iranian veterans were exhibited. Participants were four internationally award-wining artist veterans who are active in the fields of handicrafts, painting, calligraphy and photography.
"Hussein Nouri" was the painter veteran, "Gholamreza Rahpeima" the calligrapher veteran, "Mas'oud Zand" the handcrafter veteran and "Davoud Ameri" the photographer veteran, who participated in the exhibition.
Ambassadors of Turkey, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Greece, Bahrain, China, as well as the head of Ulama Al-Moslemin Society were present in the opening ceremony. In July 1962, after 132 years of French dominance, Algeria became independent and joined UN under the new title of "Democratic Republic of Algeria".
Algerians sacrificed one million martyrs for their freedom, making them hold the first place among north and west African countries. That's why Algeria is known as "land of million martyrs"
Signature of an agreement between FMVA and Algerian Ministry of Mujahedin
A cooperation agreement was signed by FMVA and Algerian Ministry of Mujahedin on different fields of expertise and social services in favor of veterans.
In this agreement signed by Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA, Dr Hussein Dehghan and Algerian Minister of Mujahein Affairs, Mr, Sharif Abbas, both parties put emphasize on the continuation of exchange of expert boards and teams to provide veterans and families of martyrs of both countries with health care and medical services.
The agreement seeks to set off and implement former agreements, especially in the field of cultural and historical exchange, as well as registration of cultural projects related to resistance, self-sacrifice and revolution in both countries.
From other issues raised in this agreement, one can refer to creating opportunities for institutions affiliated to the Algerian Ministry of Mujahedin to cooperate with their counterpart Iranian firms in compiling, maintaining, classifying and publicizing documents, as well as exchanging information and skilled manpower in above fields.
Prior to having the agreement signed, both parties discussed fields of cooperation and agreed to carry out some of them, including publication of books and exchange of experts and experiences, also to hold cultural exhibitions in the future.
On the sidelines of this visit, other agreements on health and treatment, prosthetics, research and publication, artistic and cultural exhibitions and exchange of experts were signed by Dr. Khameh Yar, deputy head of Research and Cultural Relations, and Dr. Araghi Zadeh, deputy head of Health on the one hand, and officials of Algerian Ministry of Mujahedin on the other hand.
The Iranian Board in Constantine
Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA said, "The roots of Iranian Islamic Revolution and Algerian Liberating Revolution are the same from many aspects."
While visiting religious, scientific and historical sites of Constantine city, 400 kms to the east of Algiers, Dr. Hussein Dehghan pointed to both revolutions as having an Islamic popular basis, also being anti-colonialism, and added that the revolutions' only difference was that Algerians were directly fighting the French colony, while Iranians were trying to dethrone a king who was a puppet in the hands of the US.
Dehghan stated that Iranians and Algerians have had no support but their own capacities, for which universities have played a major role.
Iranian vice-president also referred to Iran's nuclear issue and reiterated the right of Iranian nation to achieve peaceful nuclear technology and added, "Iran has been under a lot of pressure since this issue was raised, however, our question from enemies of Iran is that if nuclear technology is hazardous, then why they are using it on a large scale themselves."
Dehghan further referred to several IAEA's confirmations of the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear case, and pointed to the issue as a clear proof for the Quranic verses that talk about oppressors getting angry.
On his one-day trip to Constantine, Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA visited Amir Abdolghader University of Islamic Sciences, and met the chancellor, Abdollah Bukhalkhal.
He expressed his hope for further cooperation between the above university and Shahed University of Iran.
Referring to the proportion of female students to male ones in this university, Dehghan added that in Iranian universities the majority of students were girls as well.
Mr. Vice-president and the accompanying board also visited Amir Abdolghader mosque and its architecture.
Chairman of board of trustees of the mosque, Sheik Ahmad Bin Abdurrahman supported the resistance of Iranian leaders against the US tyranny and added, "With its resistance, Iran has saved Islamic nation's face and has raised its int'l position."
Among other places that were visited, the old cemetery of Constantine called Alallamah, where the Algerian famous scholar and polymath Imam Abdolhamid Bin Badiss is buried, also suspension bridges and urban infrastructures can be mentioned.
Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA also met Algerian Senate Speaker, premier, and People's Parliament speaker in this visit.
Visiting Prosthetics Research and Preparation Centre
Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA, along with the Iranian board visited Study Centre for National Movement and Revolution of Nov. 1st, 1954, also National Prostheses Centre of Algeria.
After visiting research, publication and IT departments, also torture studies section of Centre for National Movement and Revolution of Nov. 1st, 1954, Dr. Dehghan stressed that scientific and research centers had always been influential and hoped this visit to strengthen the relationship among research centers of both countries.
Head of the centre, Jamal Yahyavi delivered a report on their activities, and explained the topics and structure of the researches conducted there.
Head of FMVA also paid a visit to the National Prostheses Centre. In a meeting with the head of centre, Sa'at Jame', Dehghan said, "No one can stop a nation with a strong willpower, and we can still defeat the greed of superpowers as before."
He then referred to some words of the founder of Islamic Revolution and said that Imam Khomeini (GB) had pointed to two issues, first the collapse of communism that happened, and second the collapse of western imperialism that would happen soon.
Meeting Algerian premier for cooperation to the highest level
Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA next met Algerian prime minister.
After the meeting, Dr. Hussein Dehghan said in a press conference that both sides discussed the issues of Islamic countries and the expanding relations of two countries, also reviewed previous activities and emphasized on the follow up of the reached agreements.
Mr. Vice-president expressed Iran's interest to expand the ties and added that cooperation was initiated at the highest ranks, so that opportunities had to be properly exploited.
Head of FMVA further referred to the rise in the level of joint commission's directorate and stressed that in their negotiations, both parties considered the rise in directorate from Iranian Minister of Housing and Algerian Minister of Sciences to Iranian vice-president and Algerian premier to be a milestone in expanding the mutual relations, as well as facilitating the enforcement of enactments, also expressed their wish that such rise would lead to new agreements in different fields.
Meeting Senate Speaker
In his meeting with Senate speaker and the acting president of Algeria, Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA put emphasize on the expansion of relations between Iran and Algeria.
Dr. Hussein Dehghan also offered the warmest greetings of Mr. Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Iranian president and Mr. Ali Larijani, Iranian parliament speaker to Mr. Abdolaziz Butafliqa, as well as Algerian government and people.
Head of FMVA referred to the sacrifices of Iranian and Algerian revolutionary forces and put stress on strengthening countries' bilateral cooperation, especially in rendering social services to self-sacrificers.
Dehghan also invited Yasef Sa'di, great Algerian mujahed and commander of Algerians during their liberating wars against French colony, who was present at the meeting, to pay a visit to Iran and participate in the coming anniversary of Iranian Islamic revolution.
Next, Mr. vice-president pointed to different issues in the Islamic society and added, "Iran and Algeria have taken similar positions with respect to Lebanon, oppressed Palestinians and Iraqis, and both countries have to make all their efforts to unify Moslems.
Seyyed Abdulghader Bin Saleh, Algerian Senate speaker referred to his country's profound interest to expand its relations with Iran, also considered the existing links as stable and added that such visits would pave the way for implementation of the concluded agreements.
Meeting People's Parliament speaker
Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA met Abdolaziz Ziari, chairman of Algerian People's Parliament, and discussed different issues with him.
In this meeting, Dr. Hussein Dehghan and Mr. Abdolaziz Ziari exchanged their views on int'l and regional changes, especially in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq.
Moreover, Mr. Vice-president explained Iran's legal structure and referred to the importance of multilateral inter-parliamentary relations and establishment of parliamentary friendship groups.
Dehghan pointed to some societies that reflect an aggressive image of Islam, and demanded both countries to unify the world of Islam and represent the real image of this religion.
In the end, speaker of Algerian People's Parliament illustrated both the parliament and the legislation procedure in Algeria, and called on strengthening inter-parliamentary relations between the two countries.
Meeting Ahmed Bin Bala
Resistance against imperialism indicates the similarity of both revolutions.
Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA also met Ahmed Bin Bala, a prominent political figure and the first Algerian president, and referred to resistance against imperialism as the similar basis of both revolutions in Iran and Algeria.
In this meeting, Dr. Dehghan also acknowledged the campaigns of Algerian nation against colonialism.
Ahmed Bin Bala, the well-known Algerian and Arab political figure, reiterated that fortunately Iran was following the same way as the first days of the Islamic revolution.
He explained the liberating revolution of Algerians against colonialism, referred to his meeting with Imam Khomeini (GB) 30 years ago, and declared that Algeria would always defend Iran and its global position.
This prominent Arab figure added, "Since your way is the way of justice, then all Moslems are duty-bound to support you and stay beside you. The position that we have taken with regards to Iranian Islamic revolution is also clear and undeviating."
Dr. Dehghan's remarks at the end of his visit:
Iranian and Algerian authorities intend to develop the mutual ties.
Iranian vice-president and head of FMVA explained the outcomes of his trip to Algeria. He said that Iran and Algeria had many cultural, historical and political common interests, whether globally or regionally. Also, both countries had similar revolutionary and democratic backgrounds, as well as fundamental bases, which encouraged officials of both countries to expand their mutual relations in all the fields.
He further referred to the agreements reached on supporting self-sacrificers of both countries that would be implemented soon.
Head of FMVA referred to the outcome of his negotiations and said, "Fields of cooperation between Iran and Algeria have been specified, and required MoUs have been concluded. Our negotiations revealed the existence of such fields of cooperation; therefore, several desirable agreements were reached on issues related to FMVA and Algerian Ministry of Mujahedin."
He reiterated that FMVA and Ministry of Mujahedin agreed upon cultural and research joint activities. Moreover, both parties demanded expansion of expertise cooperation due to their numerous cultural ties.
He also referred to the exhibition of veterans' artworks held in Algiers and said that one important issue was to utilize different cultural capacities. Iranians and Algerians had paid the price of their independence and dignity with their martyrs and veterans; therefore, disseminating the culture of resistance by introducing those veterans who were active in the field of art was one common interest of both parties.
Dehghan added, "Cooperation in artistic activities is more than before, something which is clearly reflected in the eyes of visitors of the exhibition and their interest in Iranian Islamic revolution."
In the end, Dehghan expressed his wish to hold a joint exhibition on atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein and invaders of Algeria, so that Iranian and Algerian nations could get familiar with each other's efforts to achieve independence and pride.
Before his departure, Mr. Vice-president had an interview with Algerian TV channel and answered a number of questions on Iranian nuclear issue, future of Palestine and Iraq, as well as his negotiations with Algerian officials.
Artworks of Iranian veterans will become global
Head of Drama and Artistic Affairs of FMVA announced that exhibition of artworks of Iranian veterans would be held in war-affected countries.
Mohammad Esmael Rezaei referred to the capacities of Iranian veterans in the field of art and reiterated that many people would like the artworks of Iranian veterans due to their int'l nature.
Director General of Drama and Artistic Affairs Dept. of FMVA added, "Since Algeria has sacrificed many martyrs and veterans during its fight for independence, an exhibition of artworks created by 26 Iranian veterans was held at the museum of Martyr's Place of Algeria."
Rezaei also referred to the criteria for selecting these works and said that they had been presented in Dowlat Eshgh (rule of love) exhibition in Tehran, where they had been evaluated and selected. He added that these works would be internationally exhibited in the future, whether in collective or individual exhibitions.