The South African Embassy in Tehran.(Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA)
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, sent a letter to his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, on Friday, officially offering condolences from the Islamic republic on the passing of Nelson Mandela.
Contents of the letter were published on the Islamic Republic News Agency’s Web site.
“I was informed of about the demise of the former president of our friend country (ally,) South Africa, his eminence Nelson Mandela, to my great sorrow and deep grief,” Rouhani wrote.
“Nelson Mandela doubtlessly believed in freedom and equality of the human beings, not only in his country, but around the globe and never hesitated in this firm belief,” added Rouhani. “In this road that was abundant with ups and downs and filled with pain all along, including suffering homelessness, being away from home and family, and long periods of imprisonment, he gave meaning and spirit to the long road towards liberty gloriously.”
— Jason Rezaian