British television Channel 4 on Thursday night issued a congratulatory statement broadcast by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, timed to celebrate the Catholic Christmas.
In his speech, Ahmadinejad congratulated all the followers of religions avraamicheskih separately highlighting Christians as well as in the UK. Iranian President lamented the fact that humankind has forgotten its prophets, and some heads of state moved away from God. " Therefore, he said, the world is undergoing difficult times.
As stated in the text of his speech, "if Jesus Christ lived on earth now, it certainly has risen against the aggression and sklochnosti expansionist powers", and "would be entered in the fight against tiranicheskoy policy of major political and economic systems, as done in the life ".
At the conclusion of the speech Ahmadinejad wished the "success" and said: "I pray that this new year was a year of happiness, prosperity, peace and brotherhood."
As the Agency France Presse, the British Foreign Ministry condemned the speech Ahmadinejad, and Israeli Ambassador in London, called it "a scandal and public disgrace." It is connected with the complex relationship between Iran and Britain, as well as the fact that the president of Iran is known as the enemy of the state of Israel, as the press secretary recalled that the British Foreign Ministry, during the stay in power Ahmadinejad has made anti-Semitic statements. "
The head of information service channel Channel 4 Dorothy Byrne (Dorothy Byrne), explaining the decision to invite Ahmadinejad is reported that "the views of Ahmadinejad, the leader of one of the most influential countries in the Middle East, carry great weight and influence."
Channel 4 more than 15 years of annual Christmas broadcasts alternative treatment (along with the traditional treatment of Queen, which show the rest of the channels). In his speech, narrator, who choose the representatives of TV, imitating the style of an official royal treatment, but it lasts three to five minutes.
In different years, Britons Happy Christmas Marj Simpson, Brigitte Bardot and Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen).