Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered his congratulation to Pope Francis and world leaders on Christmas and the new Christian year, expressing hope that the world would see peace and justice in 2017.
In his message on Saturday, the Iranian president expressed his felicitations over the auspicious birthday anniversary of the prophet of friendship and brotherhood, Jesus Christ.
He expressed the hope that the new year would be one of spirituality, tolerance, progress and dignity along with peace and justice for all humans across the world.
The Iranian president also hoped that interaction and kindness would be further promoted among followers of all divine religions and called on all moderate, wise and justice-seeking well-wishers to tread the path of patience and dialogue in 2017.
The Iranian president also congratulated world leaders on the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of the prophet of peace and kindness and the advent of the new Gregorian calendar year.
Rouhani expressed hope that in line with the teachings of the prophets, which brought dialogue and understanding among nations, the world would witness stability and security and the end of the sufferings of the countless people plagued by oppression, corruption and terrorism.
The Iranian president also prayed that God bestow “happiness and prosperity” upon nations and governments, Press TV reported.
First VP Felicitates Christian Counterparts on Christmas
Iranian First Vice-President Es’hagh Jahangiri also congratulated his Christian counterparts on the birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ, the herald of justice, peace and freedom.
In separate messages addressed to counterparts in Christian countries, Jahangiri hoped for the elimination of root causes of terrorism in 2017.
Jahangiri further wished a year replete with health and prosperity for all Christian nations.
He expressed hope that friendship, solidarity and cooperation among world nations would further expand, based on virtue and truth, in the New Year and the world would witness establishment of peace and stability in 2017.