President congratulates regional states on Norouz
President Hassan Rouhani in separate messages to heads of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Uzbekistan congratulated the arrival of Norouz, the New Day festival, commencing at the beginning of the spring.
President Rouhani described peace and unity as the determination of moderate nations that celebrate Norouz, IRNA reported.
“In the light of love, affection and intimacy, the world is in dire need of hope today, more than ever, to invite other countries to interaction rather than confrontation,” the message read.
“Resorting to hope, peace and unity in light of interaction with each other, nations can tackle terrorism which is originated from ethnic extremism,' the president said in his message.
He also wished a year full of joy and happiness for the nations that celebrate Norouz.
Millions of people of Iran and a number of other countries in the region are to celebrate beginning of the New Year, 1396, within hours today.
It is celebrated by more than 300 million people across the world.