Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has congratulated Christians around the world on the advent of the Christian New Year and the birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ.
The full text of Qassemi’s congratulatory message follows:
I am very pleased to congratulate all Christians and monotheists across the world on the arrival of the Christian New Year. However, my special felicitations go to the respected Iranian Christian community whose members have, by drawing on the teachings of Jesus Christ, stood by their fellow countrymen through good times and tribulations, and, as an integral part of Iran’s glorious culture and civilization, have always striven to further develop and promote the country.
Indubitably, hope for further promulgation of Jesus Christ’s message will be a harbinger of a spiritual and progressive world. In a world where war, aggression, poverty and injustice have tightened the noose on nations more than ever before, returning to the thoughts and beliefs of Jesus Christ as a manifestation of tolerance, patience and forbearance will breathe a messianic life into the lifeless body of humanity. We hope this one will not be crucified again.
There is no doubt that after the elimination of one of the most reactionary terrorists groups, which was regarded as one the most flagrant manifestations of Wahhabism in the contemporary era, the world next year will be safer and more beautiful for all Christians of the world.
I hope in the year ahead, we will be witnessing further cooperation and rapport on the path to boosting and deepening peace, security and tranquility, and further consolidation of friendships across the globe.