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Khatami attends first day ceremony of new academic year in Iran

President Mohammad Khatami took part in a ceremony held in a school in western Tehran Tuesday to mark the first day of the new academic year in Iran, IRNA reported.

Addressing the gathering of the school's students, he called on all school students in the country to propose answers to a number of questions being posed by him the first of which was "how all-out progress could be attained through avoiding international tensions while safeguarding and flourishing one's own religious and national identity?"

He also asked students to jot down their opinions about the "obstacles on cherishing friendship worldwide and the causes of violence, including war and terrorism, in the present day world." Referring to the doctrines of "dialogue among civilizations" and "coalition for peace instead of coalition for war", he said these two notions, though highly regarded by scholars and thinkers worldwide, were not warmly welcomed by politicians.

The head of the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution went on to pose another question to the students on "ways of attaining an established and all-out peace in the present violence-ridden world which is overcome by wars and terrorism."

Khatami has been posing questions to students during the first-day ceremony of the new academic year in the country in the past six years.

Saying that the questions posed today were the last, he noted that seeking answers to questions was a contribution to the curious nature of young people and called on the young generation to equip itself with the latest findings in computer and communications arenas.

A number of cultural and scientific dignitaries, including Minister of Education Morteza Haji, attended the ceremony.

Some 16.29 million students are enrolled in schools all over the country in the current academic year.

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