I have a very good friend that lives far away from me and I'd very much like to send Mishloach Manot to him.
Is there any rule/halacha/minhag that states that the emissary/third-party (shaliach) of my gift must be Jewish? It is my only option in order to have the gift delivered to my friend.
My plan is to buy everything, pack/assemble properly myself and have a professional courier (non-Jewish) handle the delivery (pick directly from my hands and deliver to my friend's hands). There's no wine so being not mevushal is not a concern.
Would using a non-Jewish emissary be acceptable and help me fulfill the mitzvah or is there something wrong about it?
I'm sorry if this is a repeat but I searched 5-6 similar questions before asking and none addressed my concern in particular.