A group of 120 activists, scholars, journalists and professionals opposed to the Islamic regime in Tehran sent a letter to US President Donald Trump, thanking him for his holiday greeting last month. “The people of Iran know very well that their interest is tied to that of the US in the region, and that the biggest hurdle in the way of materializing that mutual interest is the rogue regime,” the group wrote.







Young Iranian protesters

Young Iranian protesters

Last month, US President Donald Trump addressed the Iranian people in a holiday greeting for Nowruz, the Persian New Year that is celebrated by millions around the world. In response, 120 Iranian and non-Iranian activists opposed to the regime in Tehran sent a letter to the president, thanking him for highlighting the oppression suffered by the Iranian people in his address.

“We Iranian and non-Iranian activists, scholars, journalists, professionals, and other people opposed to the Islamist regime in Iran are writing this letter to express our appreciation for your kind and accurate Nowruz message,” the letter read. “In the statement you have accurately distinguished between the oppressed people of Iran and the oppressor Islamist regime of the ayatollahs. You have also appreciated the rich historical legacy of Iran. This is perhaps the first time in history that a US president sends such a clear and accurate message to the people of Iran.”

The letter was written by Tahlil Rouz (Daily Analysis), a Persian language think tank based in the US, and was provided to JOL by its director, Reza Parchizadeh, an Iranian-born political theorist and analyst. As well as the US president, the letter has been sent to the US Mission to the United Nations, the US State Department and the National Security Agency (NSA).

“The people of Iran know very well that their interest is tied to that of the US in the region, and that the biggest hurdle in the way of materializing that mutual interest is the rogue regime,” the letter continued. “With the overthrow of that regime and establishment of a secular democracy in Iran, both the people of Iran and the United States will finally be able to live in peace and prosperity. Iranians are highly hopeful that this momentous event will come to realization during your presidency.”

As previously reported by JOL, Trump wished Iranians “a beautiful and blessed Nowruz” in a speech for the occasion last month. “The history of Nowruz is rooted in Iran, where for millennia a proud nation has overcome great challenges by the strength of its culture and the resilience of its people,” Trump said.  “Today, the Iranian people face another challenge: rulers who serve themselves instead of serving the people.”

The speech came after several turbulent weeks in the Islamic Republic, when anti-government protests began sweeping the country in late December, before being mitigated by the regime in January. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed “enemies” for instigating the unrest that has led to the death of over 20 people throughout the country. These protests were the most significant anti-government dissent Iran has experienced since its Green Movement in 2009.

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