Roland Lumumba, senior son of Patrice Lumumba late prime minister of the Congo and president of the Patrice Lumumba Foundation, ‘s speech at the IPIS was made on October 20, 2021 and attended by Dr.Mohammadhassan Sheikholeslami, President of the IPIS, the Foreign Ministry’s directors, Former Ambassadors to Africa, and some senior experts of the IPIS and media and the press. At the meeting while commemorating and praising the role of Patrice Lumumba leader of the Congo’s independence, Mr.Mohammadhassan Sheikholeslami explained his position and inspiring impact on the Iranian people, anti-colonialist campaigns and freedom-seeking among the advanced countries.
Following him, Mr. Lumumba stated that although forty years has passed since his father’s death, not only has his name not been forgotten, but his ideas have spread across the world and inspired the new anti- colonialist and liberating campaigns. Also, he maintained that the fundamental sources of colonialist powers are unchangeable, but have undergone a change of approach, as a result the progressive countries had to adopt new strategies to reciprocate their actions.
At the end, a group of former Iranian ambassadors to African countries expressed their opinions about the first prime minister of the Congo after independence and stressed the need for strengthening economic, cultural-scientific and educational cooperation between the Congo and the other African countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran , considering the vast capacities both sides enjoy in terms of access to natural resources, mutual trade interests and stressed scientific and technological cooperation.