BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:05 P.M.) – Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned US President Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” remark during a conference in Tehran on Saturday.
In his speech at the first Conference of Asian Cultural Dialogues, Zarif said, “Unfortunately, today we see that the person who holds the power in his hands in the United States doesn’t have enough understanding that he refers to all [other] nations with vulgar and unacceptable words. It is unbelievable that these words are coming from someone who calls himself responsible for that country”.
Zarif also called Asia the cradle of culture and civilization and lamented that it is now stricken with crises, conflict and massacres.
The first Conference of Asian Cultural Dialogues kicked off with 70 cultural and scientific figures from over 20 Asian countries in attendance. Following the regional meetings of the Asian Cultural Dialogues which had taken place in India, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan, the first international edition of the conference began in the Iranian capital, concluding on January 15 in three other cities; Mashhad, Hamedan, and Babolsar.