Tehran (IP) – Iranian Foreign Minister said Iran had endured aggressions and occupations but, instead of abandoning its culture, absorbed the occupiers into the Iranian civilization.

Iran Press/Iran News: On the occasion of the arrival of the Iranian new year (Nowruz), Mohammad Javad Zarif sent a message to the world.

The text of his message is as follows:

We Iranians and indeed all those within the world of 'Nowruz' are celebrating a new day, a new year, and a new century.

The first day of spring Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3000 years in the Iranian plateau and the much wider sphere of Persian civilization.

We Iranians have been around even longer. We have had our ups and downs. We controlled vast parts of Eurasia and West Asia for centuries but never subjugated their peoples.

We endured aggressions and occupations but instead of abandoning our culture absorbed the occupiers into our civilization, and we conquered the neighborhood and the wider world not with the force of arms but with the power of our poets, our philosophers, our scientists, and our mystics.

Over the past year, we have once again shown our iron-clad resilience from confronting economic terrorism targeting our access to food and medicine in order to bring us to our knees to standing up to modern-day state terrorists who murdered the pioneers of our defense and scientific progress and all of this amid the deadliest pandemic humanity has seen in a century.

Make no mistake; we Iranians are not just surviving, but we are stronger and more determined more than ever to decide our own destiny. Our people have endured unjust suffering on a massive scale. They certainly deserve better, but in spite of the hardship, future prospects are now bright. Iran's economy is becoming immunized against outside economic coercion, and while most of the world economy has been shattered, we have officially exited recession with innovative startups and industrial production leading our growth, and most importantly, we no longer depend solely on oil to run our economy with our vast natural and human resources.

We Iranians want to expand our engagement with our neighbors and beyond with the defeat of COVID-19 around the corner. God willing, we have a chance to build a different world. We all of us should seize this opportunity and bring forth a new day happy Nowruz.


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