Courtesy of BizPac: Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline.
“Allah willing,” Kerry replied — in Arabic, according to Laura Rozen, a reporter covering the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Washington, D.C.-based online publication, Al-Monitor.
As news reached the public Friday that a deal may be forthcoming, Rozen tweeted:
Friend of colleague ran into @JohnKerry at chocolate shop tdy. She said friends in #Iran are looking forward to deal. He said ‘inshallah’
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) March 27, 2015
“Inshallah” is Arabic for “Allah willing,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Rosen followed up a minute later with this tweet:
#pt kerry said ‘inshallah’ holding up both hands with his fingers crossed — Laura Rozen (@lrozen) March 27, 2015
Rozen also retweeted a post from Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi that included a photo of Kerry:
Iranian student in Switzerland just saw John Kerry buying chocolate. Asked him about #IranTalks. He said: Inshallah! pic.twitter.com/otB5KXlH7h
— Negar نگار (@NegarMortazavi) March 27, 2015
Rosen’s tweets elicited a few replies on each end of the political spectrum. Here are a few examples:
@IanFSugar @EHamilton92 @JohnKerry @lrozen If those fools who “lead” us have their way, “Inshallah” will replace “In God We Trust.” — Michael Podwill (@MichaelPodwill) March 27, 2015
@IanFSugar Question is why would anyone like to have his legacy parallel that of Chamberlain? @EHamilton92 @JohnKerry @lrozen
— Yosef Kutner (@ynkutner) March 27, 2015