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: