Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei opens a Twitter account in Hindi
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei has opened a Twitter account in Hindi. He has also opened accounts in other languages like Persian, Arabic, Urdu, French, Spanish, Russian and English. After the opening of the account, he posted two tweets in Hindi.
Iran has long standing historic ties with India and the cooperation between the two countries has recently been marked by projects such as development of Chabahar port and Chabahar-Zahedan rail link despite US sanctions on business with Iran.
Khamenei’s twitter accounts have been in the news in the past including last year in November, when several Iranian activists demanded a ban on his social media account, angry over the regime’s decision to shut off internet access in a clamp down on anti-government protests over fuel prices among other things.
In February this year, a group of Republican senators in the US urged Twitter to suspend Khamenei and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s accounts to comply with US sanction law.
China’s increased cooperation with Iran has also been in news recently with the United States warning that the partnership could destabilise the Middle East.
“China’s entry into Iran will destabilise the Middle East. Iran remains the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, and to have access to weapons systems and commerce and money flowing from the Chinese Communist Party only compounds that risk for that region,” said US secretary Mike Pompeo.