0341 GMT July 24, 2021
The message reads, “Reducing the sweet and ever-present meeting to a virtual meeting does not calm the eager heart and is somewhat bitter. It is God’s will right now for me to be deprived of such an exciting meeting.”
The literati’s annual meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei was replaced with a poetry night on Tuesday due to a big rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, IRNA reported.
The poetry night entitled, ‘Visiting the Moon,’ was held at the Art Bureau in Iran’s capital Tehran. The gathering was held with a limited number of poets and literary figures.
Yusef-Ali Mirshakkak, Ali Ensani, Morteza Amiri-Esfandaqeh, Abbas Baratipour, Hadi Saeidi-Kiasari, Mohammad-Mehdi Sayyar and Qassem Sarrafan attended the poetry night.
A recording of 2019 speech by Ayatollah Khamenei was played during the gathering. In his meeting in 2019 with the literati, the Leader criticized the Persian media and Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) for their disregard of standard language, using “faceless language” and foreign terms and words, and addressing the cultural officials and literati, the Leader warned, “Don’t allow the Persian language to fall into decay and ruin.”