Iran's spiritual leader: Development of neighboring countries is priority for Iran
Participants of the first international ceremony on the Novruz holiday held in Tehran March 27, met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iribnews reported.
Iran hails the development of relations among the neighboring and the regional countries that have single culture and considers their development profitable and a priority for itself, Khamenei said at the meeting. He said the Novruz is a celebration that has high value. Although the Novruz is a national, not a religious holiday, it is welcomed in the Hadith and the messages of the people.
The interests of the region's peoples should not contradict each other, but serve to promote common interests, he added.
Presidents of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister attended the meeting.
Assigning international status to the Novruz holiday is a good example for the integration of the eastern nations that mark this festival, into the Western world.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov conveyed the congratulations of Azerbaijan and its people to Ayatollah Khamenei.
March 27, Iran hosted the first international ceremony in connection with the assignment of the international status to the Novruz holiday by United Nations.