Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Iran FM wishes for world peace in year 2019

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has wished for peace all across the globe on the occasion of the New Year, urging concerted action to work towards ending terrorism, wars and starvation in the year 2019.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, Zarif hoped for “a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.”

The top diplomat prayed that no innocent man, woman or child would lose their lives to hunger, conflict and terror this year.

Earlier in the day, President Hassan Rouhani, in separate congratulatory messages addressed to world leaders as well as Iranian Christians, expressed hope that the world would be witness to increased welfare and prosperity through collective efforts.

He also met with the families of Iranian Armenian martyr Alfred Gabri and war veteran Hasou Keshish Danilian on New Year’s Eve.

The Iranian president appreciated Gabri’s parents for their patience and sacrifices, and hailed Armenian Iranians for their contributions to preserving national security.

“Today, they are prepared for even [more] sacrifices and this is highly admirable.”

At Danilian’s house, Rouhani said that Muslims consider Jesus Christ and Saint Mary as great divine figures, and hailed the braveries of Armenians — who constitute Iran’s largest religious minority —  both prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution and during the 1980-88 war imposed by the ex-Iraqi regime on Iran.

Iran is home between to 300,000 and 500,000 Christians, primarily of Armenian and Assyrian descent. The Christian minority has its own representatives at the Iranian parliament (Majlis), who enjoy equal rights with their fellow Muslim lawmakers.

On Tuesday, Bishop Sipan Kashjian, the religious leader for Armenians in Isfahan and southern Iran, stressed that followers of divine religions enjoy freedom in Iran.

“Contrary to Western media propaganda, the followers of religions in Iran have complete freedom and freely perform their rituals and organize their events,” he said.

“I hope that in the New Year, the world’s people would make more informed judgements about Iran,” he added.

Press TV

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