Words We Don’t Use, But Iran Thinks We Do

by Nathan Hamm on 6/28/2005 · 2 comments


Turkmenistan’s President Saparmurat Niyazov felicitated Iran’s president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a message here Monday over his landslide victory in the June 24 runoff of the presidential election.

Ahmadinejad won the 9th presidential election gaining 17,248,782 (61.95 percent) votes out of total 27,959,253.

Niyazov hoped that Ahmadinejad’s election as the sixth president of the Islamic Iran would open new chapters for Tehran-Ashkhabad cooperation.

He was optimistic that bilateral ties would be further promoted based on mutual respect, good-neighboring policy and equality under Ahmadinejad.

The Turkmen President also wished success and prosperity for both the Iranian nation and its new president.

Repeat: “Turkmenistan’s President Saparmurat Niyazov felicitated Iran’s president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ”

Filthy. Absolutely filthy.

And this is not at all an isolated incident. Iran is also known to give felicitations to its neighbors as well as receive them.

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Nikita June 29, 2005 at 8:39 pm

Why it surprises you? It is just in style of “The Father of all Turkmen – Turkmen Bashi”.

Nathan June 30, 2005 at 12:19 am

What surprises me is that Iranian media outlets keep using the word “felicitate.” It sounds waaaay too much like “fellatio” to my filthy ears.

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