July 27, 2023, Stortorget, Malmö, Sweden

Distinguished compatriots,

Today we have gathered here to express our respect and appreciation for two prominent individuals in Iran’s history. We are proud to honor the memory of our two great kings, His Majesty Reza Shah the Great and His Majesty Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.

Reza Shah the Great is one of the most distinguished personalities in Iran’s history. With his extraordinary and courageous leadership, he not only confronted the most significant challenges in history, but also deeply believed in achieving his lofty goals. During his reign, Reza Shah initiated extensive reforms in Iran. He implemented substantial modernization programs, which led to the development of the country’s industrial and commercial infrastructure for the first time. He also contributed to the expansion of railways, the improvement of education, and the creation of a modern military force.

Following him, his son, His Majesty Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, continued along the same path. Due to global developments, he made significant changes in foreign and domestic policies. His “White Revolution” played a crucial role in Iran’s economic, social, and cultural development. One of the most notable measures was the granting of freedom to the women of Iran.

It is an honor for us to remember these great leaders who left an indelible mark in Iran’s history and paved the way for the country’s progress and prosperity. Let us continue to cherish their legacy and work towards a brighter future for Iran.

“Women, life, freedom” was not just a slogan; it was a reality for our people during the reign of two great kings. Over more than 50 years, Iran transformed from a poor and misogynistic country into one of the most modern and economically successful nations in the world. Let us honor their memory and take pride in what they accomplished for Iran. This tribute serves as a reminder of their enormous efforts to build a better Iran.

This day, 43 years ago, Iran’s emperor, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, passed away in Cairo, Egypt, at 9:45 in the morning. Our beloved emperor took two quick breaths before taking a final deep breath. Just like that, it was over. Under his pillow, the empress took out a small bag of soil from Iran, the country His Majesty had ruled for 37 years, and placed it in his hand. Our emperor was gone. Today, 43 years later, Iranians across the country are crying out: “Shahanshah, rest in peace.”