For a Federal President includes congratulatory telegrams to the heads of other States of daily life. Also, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently received a Post from the Bellevue Palace: "the national holiday of the Islamic Republic of Iran I convey to you, on behalf of my compatriots, I warmly congratulate you," wrote Steinmeier to Tehran.
The Iranian national holiday is, however, not anniversary like any other: The Mullahs in Tehran celebrated the 40. The anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, with the help of a reign of terror began. In the new God of the state, many political opponents and members of the opposition were directed spiritual, others ended up in prison, where torture was widely used. Religious minorities were brutally persecuted, and the rights of women were massively restricted.
congratulations corresponds to "the year-long state of practice of the Federal Republic of Germany", from the office of the Federal President. The tone of such telegrams was generally positive. In fact, it is common practice for the Federal President, other national leaders, top such a Letter to the national holiday. Iran, too, was here in the past few years, is no exception. Only a few States, such as Syria, North Korea, and Sudan do not receive such congratulations.
Steinmeier promises to Hold of Germany on nuclear agreement
Steinmeier said in his Letter to Rouhani, "to maintain, with a view to the many conflicts in the Region and the global challenges of the Dialog between Iran and Germany and the European partners more intensively ()". Only with the "joint, constructive efforts of all Parties" could crises and conflicts to be overcome. At the same time, the Federal President assured his Iranian counterpart that Germany will do what is in his Power to secure the preservation and further implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran.
In may last year, the USA was pulled out of the contract. Germany together with France and great Britain to receive the agreement, in the country to limit its nuclear programme required.
The Green member of the German Bundestag Omid Nouripour, he stressed that the occasion of the greeting was not the anniversary of the Revolution, but the national holiday. It is customary in diplomatic practice, to congratulate such an occasion. "You can argue with all due respect to the President about the choice of words: the preservation of the nuclear agreement is a proper claim, the criticism of the precarious human rights situation in Iran but it also," said Nouripour to the daily mirror.
According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, human rights in Iran continue to be violated on a massive scale. Tehran has also made the existence of Israel in question and financed the terrorist militia Hezbollah. In addition, Iran supports since years the Regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"poisoned" congratulations to Lukashenko
In dealing with such regimes, it is for the diplomacy to set the right tone. The former Federal President Horst Köhler was criticized in 2006 for a congratulatory telegram to the Belarusian dictator, Alexander Lukashenko. Finally, the Regime should be isolated in Minsk at the time, international. However, after long deliberation, the German diplomats had decided to write a "poisoned" congratulations. Köhler sent in the dictator's good wishes "for the future of their country in freedom, peace and prosperity" – and made it clear that it was the case in Belarus.More about
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In Steinmeier's Letter to Ruhani it is, at the end only: "on the Occasion of this for the Islamic Republic of Iran to such an important day, I encourage you to do this, the critical voices in your country to listen to and engage with you in an open dialogue about your concerns and Worries."