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Iran's President Rouhani congratulates Pope, world leaders on Christmas

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has written separate letters to Pope Francis and other world leaders, congratulating them on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ and the upcoming arrival of the New Year.

Addressing the pontiff on Thursday, Rouhani described Jesus as “the prophet of peace and kindness,” saying the elements of the divine messenger’s behavior could present possible solutions out of the humanity’s standing social and cultural challenges and guide it towards perfection.

He hoped that 2021 would witness reigning in of the new coronavirus and return of normal life, increased hope and merriment among members of the international community, and promotion of peace and security throughout the world.

Rouhani finally wished the Holy See and the peoples of the world healthful and successful existence.

Writing to world leaders, he urged further regional and international cooperation towards resolution of the crises that face the world, including the ongoing global pandemic.

“It is imperative that world leaders try more than before to open up ways out of these crises and also expedite the course of fighting the coronavirus and return of humans’ lives to their usual course, under the auspices of joint endeavor and through regional and international cooperation,” he wrote.

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