Embassy of Iran to Canada
Press Release recapping Iranian response during the past week
September 18, 2001
On Monday Sept. 17th, 2001, The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commented on the Terrorist Attacks carried out in the
U.S., stating that Islam condemns the massacre of defenseless people,
whether Muslim or Christian or others, anywhere and by any means.
Also, during the past week, many Iranian officials categorically condemned the
terrorist attacks in the United States and expressed their deep sorrow and sympathy
with the American Nation.
Immediately, on September 11th, President Khatami stated, in a message of condolence
to the American people, On behalf of the Iranian Government and the nation,
I condemn the hijacking attempts and terrorist attacks on Public Centers in
American cities which have killed a large number of innocent people.
Since the devastating incident, a range of officials, political parties, and
groups such as MPs, Journalists, as well as the ordinary public expressed
their deep sympathy over the death and suffering of civilians. Iranian Soccer
Players as well as over 70 000 spectators, observed a minute of silence in honour
of the victims, during a world cup qualifying match, in Azadi Stadium, Tehran.
On another front, Iran also sealed off its lengthy border with Afghanistan.
Iran has also offered its services to the UN, and other International Relief
Agencies in their efforts to provide aid to possible Afghan refugees along the
border. Also, on Sunday Sept. 16th, The Mayor of Tehran sent a message of condolence
to his New York counterpart, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and expressed his deep grief
and sorrow for the recent terrorist attacks.
It is worthy to add that Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, in a letter to
the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, referred to terrorism as the
common problem of todays world which threatens world peace, freedom, spirituality,
science and coexistence. President Khatami also expressed regret that in the
year of Dialogue Among Civilizations, the most violent and most
savage Terrorist Attack has been carried out.