Abbas sends warmest greetings to Iran's Ahmadinejad,
wishes Iran "further progress and prosperity"
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook - Feb. 14, 2007
At a time when Iran is being isolated by most of the world for its nuclear program and its calls for the destruction of Israel, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has sent a telegram of effusive greetings to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Iran's national holiday.
According to the PA daily Al-Hayat Al Jadida, Abbas's greeting earlier this week also wished for "further progress and prosperity" for Iran.
The following is the paper's account of the message:
"The president said in the greeting: 'I am happy to express to your excellency and, through you, to your honorable government and to your brother people, on behalf of the Palestinian people and their leadership and on my behalf personally, the warmest, most heartfelt wishes, in a prayer to Allah, that He shall bestow on you on this holiday further progress and prosperity. We wish you and your people happy holidays.' President Abbas expressed the greatest wishes of wealth, health and joy to the President of Iran, and to his people and his sister country, continuous respect, glory and well-being."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 12, 2007]