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On Nowruz Pompeo Says Iranians Should Have Access To Social Media

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the AIPAC annual meeting in Washington, March 25, 2019

The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has once again sent a message greeting the new Iranian Year (beginning March 21) to all the people who celebrate Nowruz (literally the New Day) across the world.

In the message published by the State Department's official website, Pompeo says, "I would like to wish a Happy Nowruz to the people of Iran, and to everyone who celebrates this ancient tradition that marks the arrival of spring and a New Year, including people in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Kurdish people, and their communities in the United States."

He has also noted, "For millennia, Nowruz has endured as a cornerstone of culture and heritage for many peoples and societies. Nowruz brings family and friends together to reflect on the past while celebrating the future and is a time for connecting with loved ones both near and far."

Referring to the restrictions the Islamic Republic has imposed on social media users, Pompeo asserts, "As Iranians celebrate Nowruz this year, they should be able to have unrestricted access to social media sites to share photos of their holiday gatherings and to send New Year's greetings to loved ones living in other cities or even abroad. The proud Iranian people deserve to enjoy the best of life without fear of repression."

He has ended his message, by wishing, "May this Nowruz bring new beginnings and a brighter future for everyone! Happy Nowruz!"

Earlier on the first day of the new Iranian year, Pompeo had relayed his greetings to the people of Iran, in a short message.