Jordan congratulates Iran's Leader
Jordanian King Malik Abdullah II has extended his congratulations to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, reported Press TV .
In his message, King Abdullah II expresses his felicitations and offeres his best wishes for Ayatollah Khamenei's well-being as well as the Iranian nation's progress and prosperity.
He also conveyed a similar message to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In a two-day referendum staged in late March after the 1979 victory of the Islamic Revolution, over 98.2 percent of the Iranians voted 'yes' for the establishment of an Islamic Republic system. Since then, the nation annually celebrates Farvardin 12, (April 1) as the anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, so-called the Islamic Republic Day.
Commenting on the ongoing popular uprisings and revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution emphasized in a recent address that the Islamic awakening underway in the region has been inspired by Iran's Islamic Revolution and the resistance the nation waged against arrogant powers that backed the toppled Iranian dictator, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
"I announce that... a new movement has begun in the region, this is the movement of Muslim nations, with the slogan of moving towards Islamic objectives, and [therefore] it will definitely be victorious," Ayatollah Khamenei said in his speech on the occasion of Nowruz in the holy city of Mashhad.
"Events which have recently taken place in the region, in Tunis, Libya, Egypt, and Bahrain are very important events... a fundamental development is taking place in the Islamic-Arab region which indicates the awakening of Muslim nations," the Leader said.
Following three weeks of anti-government demonstrations across Jordan, King Abdullah II sacked Prime Minister Samir Rifai and appointed Marouf Bakhit as the country's new premier.
The Jordanian King issued a decree approving the formation of a new cabinet led by the newly-appointed Prime Minister Bakhit.
Jordanian protesters, however, continue to renew their demands for reforms, calling for the ouster of the newly-appointed prime minister and intelligence chief Mohammed Raqqad.