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Iran Calls Off Nowrouz Fest at United Nations

Source: Fars News Agency, Tehran

Iran decided to cancel the planned Nowrouz festivities at the UN to show solidarity with those Muslim nations who have been suppressed and killed during their peaceful demonstrations in a number of regional countries, an Iranian diplomat announced.

"Iranian's Nowrouz festivities which were supposed to be held on Saturday have been canceled to sympathize with the Muslims in some of the regional countries who have been killed by the dictator rulers or foreign forces," Tehran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazayee announced.

Khazaei added that only the formal event in the United Nation which was organized through Iran's efforts would be held.

Iran first organized the International Nowrouz Celebrations after the International Day of Nowrouz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

Nowrouz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The announcement came after anti-government protests held in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Protests began to sweep Yemen in January. More than 50 people have been killed and scores of others wounded during armed attacks by President Ali Abdullah Saleh loyalists since.

In Bahrain, at least 20 people have been killed and about 1,000 others injured as Bahraini security forces, backed by over 1,000 Saudi troops and 500 United Arab Emirates police, have violently suppressed protesters.

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