Ahmadinejad congratulates Pope, Christian counterparts
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated the New Year to his Christian counterparts, hoping that 2011 will be the year of friendship, peace, and tranquility, Press TV reported.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks in his congratulatory messages to his counterparts in Christian countries on Saturday.
Ahmadinejad said he hopes that all countries will try to establish friendship, peace, and tranquility throughout the world in 2011.
The Iranian president has also sent a message to Pope Benedict XVI, congratulating him on the occasion of the New Year and the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ.
In his message to Pope, he expressed hope that in the year 2011, human society would "return to the underlying tenets of divine teachings such as freedom-seeking and justice-seeking, and redouble efforts to establish rapport among all human beings, including followers of Abrahamic religions."
In doing so, people across the world can act to develop solidarity, defend what is right, support the oppressed and fight oppressors, the message read.
The Iranian chief executive also wished the Pope a year full of happiness and prosperity.