Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has felicitated Christians in the East on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ.
In an Arabic-language post on his Twitter account on Friday, the Iranian foreign minister has extended his congratulations to Christians, particularly to those who share commonalities with Iran in humanity and land since the outset of history and culture and all those who “we have made sacrifices for their survival in our neighborhood and for their coexistence in the region.”
في ميلاد السيد المسيح نبارك لكل مسيحيي شرقنا الأصيل لاسيما الذين يشاركوننا الإنسانية والوطن منذ فجر التاريخ والحضارة والذين لطالما ضحينا من أجل بقائهم إلى جوارنا وتعايشهم معنا في المنطقة. عسى أن يكون عاماً واعداً بإرادة الخير والحق والتسامح.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 25, 2020
Zarif expressed hope that the upcoming Gregorian New Year would be a year of benevolence, righteousness and tolerance.
The birth of Spirit of God—Jesus, revered by all Muslims as a great prophet—is a joyous occasion for ALL mankind.
I wish all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season.
🎄 pic.twitter.com/7gcYYyw16U— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 24, 2020
In another tweet on Thursday, the top Iranian diplomat extended congratulations on the advent of Christmas to all Christians around the world, wishing a happy and peaceful holiday season.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has written separate letters to Pope Francis and other world leaders, congratulating them on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ and the upcoming arrival of the New Year.
Addressing the pontiff on Thursday, Rouhani described Jesus as “the prophet of peace and kindness,” saying the way of the divine messenger could present possible solutions to the humanity’s standing social and cultural challenges and guide it towards perfection.