Iran Daily: Supreme Leader Uses Christmas Message to Denounce “Arrogant Powers”

Iran’s Supreme Leader has used a Christmas message to denounce “arrogant powers”, blaming them for the oppression of people around the world.

Ayatollah Khamenei used the “birth of Jesus” for his Twitter blast:

President Hassan Rouhani was more charitable in his Christmas greetings to the Pope and other world leaders. He expressed hope for the eradication of discrimination and poverty, and referred to the duty to cooperate for a “beautiful world full of peace, tranquility, [and] moderation” free from “violence and extremism”.

Rouhani said he was praying that God will bestow “happiness and prosperity” upon all nations and their governments.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also preferred a positive approach:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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