Alternate Title: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hosts Persian New Year’s Party. Guests of honor: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hosted regional leaders on Sunday for a celebration of the ancient Persian New Year, in an apparent effort to push political ties to combat Iran’s isolation. Ahmadinejad hosted the presidents of Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan at the Sadabad palace in Tehran in a ceremony shown live on state television.
Nowruz is celebrated in all five countries, a cultural bloc with populations that speak closely related languages including Farsi, Dari, Tajik and Kurdish. The Iranian calendar dates to the beginning of the Islamic era in 622 AD but Iranian months are solar not lunar. The new Iranian year is 1389.
“We are celebrating together Nowruz today and promoting the Nowruz banner as one of justice, freedom, equality and fraternity among all countries,” Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a minority Kurd in Arab-dominated Iraq, said.
U.S. President Barack Obama made a video address to Iranians on the occasion of Nowruz, which fell on March 21, this year and last year in which he offered dialogue with Tehran to resolve longstanding political conflicts.
No snark….. I can’t….. This is beyond alarming.
Video message ?……. Hell, I’m honestly surprised Obama wasn’t there in person to offer US support and aid for the relationships, plus of course, have a photo taken with Ahmadinejad, Talabani and Karzai.
Makes me wonder if any of the people in Iraq and Afghanistan are on the side of their own freedom. Makes me wonder even more about our nation too.
Hey, I bet our men and women serving our nation over in Iraq and Afghanistan (and throughout the rest of the world) would love to know about the party they missed. Let’s see what we can do about informing them about it all.
Never again means NEVER AGAIN !
The N.R.A. ; G.O.A. ; J.P.F.O. – Standing for your Rights even if you won’t.