August 22, 2010 – Abdollah Nouri, the former interior minister during Mohammad Khatami’s administration, in an Iftar ceremony (the meal at sunset when Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan) hosted a great number of Green leaders, activists and reformists, as well as senior and well-known political activists and intellectuals.
This was a ceremony without any speeches, and given that many reformist figures from variety of groups and parties were among the attendees, was a sign of “unity and solidarity” among the reformist figures; a kind of strong unity that did not go well with the pro-government propaganda and made them come up with all sorts of rumors and speculations in order to diminish this unity.
In this ceremony, Abdollah Nouri hosted many reformist figures including Seyyed Mohammad Khatami (former president), Mehdi Karroubi (former speaker of the parliament and one of the Green leaders), the grandsons of Ayatollah Khomeini, son of the late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri (who was the spiritual leader of the Green Movement) as well as many senior members of the main reformist parties and groups including The Unity Consolidation Bureau (main student and alumni organization), The Assembly of Combatant Clergymen, The Participation Front, The Administrators of Construction, The National Trust Party, The Freedom Movement of Iran, The Mojahedin of Islamic Revolution Organization, The Assembly of Researchers and Instructors of Qom Seminray, The National-Religious Activists, as well as some of the religious scholars, journalists and student activists.
One of the attendees of this ceremony in an interview said: “This was a great ceremony. There was no speech, but a great number of political figures were gathered and shared their views and thoughts after a long time. The diversity of the figures in this ceremony was unique. Many of the attendees were also very happy that such a gathering took place.” He added: “Many of the attendees believed that given the false propaganda of the totalitarians’ media and their false reports that there are some diversions among the Green leaders and various parties, such a gathering was very influential and helpful in counteracting these lies.”
Regarding the absence of Mir Hossein Mousavi in this ceremony, he added: “Mousavi had announced ahead of the time that he cannot attend this ceremony because of prior engagements and apologized to the other guests.”