Pirouz Hanachi, the Mayor of Tehran, in a video conference with the Mayor of Belgrade on Wednesday evening, said: "The Corona crisis has shown the people of the world that despite advances in science, our understanding of nature and knowledge is still far from complete. All the coronavirus in the world is not more than 8 grams but look at the problems it has created in the world, which shows that we need more solidarity to solve global problems."
"Tehran and Belgrade have long cooperation in various fields and we are keen to expand cooperation in several grounds," he said. According to the memorandum of agreement between the two cities, a statue of prominent Iranian figures will be installed in Belgrade and vice versa. Nikola Tesla and Hakim Omar Khayyam are among the first monument to be erected in Tehran and Belgrade.
Hanachi added: "We, in Tehran, passed the third wave of coronavirus and now have better conditions compared to the West, but still worried about the future. In Tehran, many socio-cultural activities such as cinemas have been closed and the municipality has switched to limited social service at the moment. The urban transport fleet is experiencing a 30 percent drop in passengers. While in addition to Corona, we are also fighting cruel and illegal sanctions which we hope to be lifted soon.”
He continued that Corona has caused a lot of economic damages and added: "Of course, the municipality of Tehran has helped some of the economic victims, and in addition, good measures have been taken in the field of urban development; including the addition of 10 metro stations by the end of the year."
Welcoming the invitation of the Mayor of Belgrade to visit this city, the Mayor of Tehran replied: "I hope the epidemiological conditions will be controlled so we will be able to meet in person and will sign the city twinning document between Tehran and Belgrade."
Referring to the world situation, the Mayor of Belgrade said: "Belgrade, like other metropolises in the world, has gone through a very difficult year, and today we are more concerned about the health of the people and the medical staff of our city. Over the past year, we have experienced unreal situations like movies and mobile devices became the only way of communication among people."
Referring to working with the Iranian medical staff, Zoran Radojičić said: "I am a pediatric surgeon and I work with good Iranian doctors in Belgrade and I know that with the experienced Iranian medical staff, the situation in your country will improve."
In his speech, Radojičić also thanked Iran for hospitality in hosting the former Mayor of Belgrade and said: "We hope to be a good host for you too."
At the end of the virtual meeting, the Mayor of Belgrade added: "Despite the issue of coronavirus, the municipality of Belgrade is still trying to continue the started projects. Anyone who comes to Belgrade realizes that the city has changed a lot compared to the past and many more constructions are in the progress.”