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Ayatollah Khamenei thanks aerospace researchers

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in a statement Tuesday thanked President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian aerospace researchers for their latest accomplishment in launching a domestically-built satellite named Omid (hope) into orbit.

The text of the statement which came in response to a congratulatory message from President Ahmadinejad is as following.

In the name of the Almighty God,

Dear Dr. Ahmadinejad,
Esteemed President of Islamic Republic of Iran,

I offer my sincere appreciation to the honored managers and scientists whose diligence and endeavor fetched the merited accomplishment. The achievement provided another proof for the authenticity of the hopes which the Islamic Revolution of the Iranian nation created in the hearts. May God protect and assist all of you.

And peace be to you,
Sayyed Ali Khamenei
February 3, 2009
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