Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
(CBS NEWS) -- During his stormy eight-year tenure, Iran's former president Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad sparked international outrage for numerous inflammatory
comments. Among them: calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and suggesting the Holocaust was a myth.
newly inaugurated successor apparently has a different view. On Rosh
Hashana, the Jewish New Year, Hasan Rouhani took to Twitter to send the following message:
As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah. pic.twitter.com/tmaf84x7UR
The tweet did not go unnoticed by Christine Pelosi, the daughter of
Nancy Pelosi, who replied on Twitter: "Thanks. The New Year would be
even sweeter if you would end Iran's Holocaust denial, sir."
That tweet sparked a reply from Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif:
@sfpelosi Iran never denied it. The man who was perceived to be denying it is now gone. Happy New Year.
Pelosi took the exchange to heart, tweeting: "It certainly seemed from his tweet that a new day has dawned in Iran. #hope?"
twitter diplomacy comes on the same day that Iran's new president
approved a major change in foreign policy. Rouhani confirmed Thursday
that Zarif will be Iran's top nuclear negotiator in a shift away from
security officials setting Tehran's strategies for the negotiations.