- Title: IRAN: FIDEL CASTRO AWARDED HONORARY DOCTORATE AT TARBIAT MODARRES UNIVERSITY.
- Date: 9th May 2001
- Summary: TEHERAN, IRAN (MAY 9, 2001) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/PAN/CU: FIDEL CASTRO AND IRANIAN MINISTER OF SCIENCES AND HIGHER EDUCATION DR MUSTAPHA MOIN STANDING TOGETHER (3 SHOTS) 0.25 2. CU: APPLAUSE 0.32 3. GV/CU: CASTRO RECEIVING HIS HONORARY DOCTORATE CERTIFICATE/ AUDIENCE CLAPPING (2 SHOTS) 1.02 4. GV/SCU: CASTRO ADDRESSING THE GATHERING (2 SHOTS) 1.07 5. CU:(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CASTRO SAYING: "The government of the United States is not very concerned with the international opinion. It is concerned with its own, and I am one who helps them with votes during an election." 1.27 6. GV: AUDIENCE CLAPPING 1.33 7. GV/MV: CASTRO PRESENTING UNIVERSITY WITH A GIFT FROM CUBA - A STATUETTE OF JOSE MORETE (3 SHOTS) 2.04 8. MV: CASTRO AMONG THE AUDIENCE 2.23 9. CU/ZOOM OUT: PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH CASTRO 2.30 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: TEHERAN, IRAN
- Country: Iran
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- Story Text: Cuban President Fidel Castro has been awarded a
honorary doctorate at Tehran's postgraduate Tarbiat Modarres
University. The ceremony was held on the second day of
Castro's visit to Iran.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro is on his first official
visit to Iran.
He was welcomed by the people and praised greatly when he
said that on arriving that he felt as though he were in his
He arrived with a large delegation of political and
Castro insisted that this was not a visit to establish
commercial ties, but based on political reasons.
He received an honorary doctorate from Teheran's Tarbiat
Modarres University Wednesday (May 9) for his fight against
injustice and discrimination.
He took this opportunity to criticise sanctions imposed by
the United States on Cuba and Iran.
He sees the United States as a nation trying to strangle
life from both countries.
Despite gaping differences between the theocratic Islamic
Republic and the Caribbean communist island, the two countries
have one major thing in common - the enimity of the United
Speaking after the ceremony, Castro said Cuba wanted to
build political ties with Iran which he hailed as a pioneer
for independence and security.
Castro praised Iran for what he said was its role in
combating imperialism after the 1979 revolution which toppled
the U.S.-backed Shah.
Cuba and Iran are both subject to economic sanctions and
political pressure from the United States.
Both have a policy of reaching out to other states spurned
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