Talking to domestic and foreign reporters after delivering his annual report on the performance of his government under the Third Five-Year Development Plan (March 2000-March 2005) at the Majlis, he also hoped that whoever is to be elected as the US president, would move towards detente policy, securing national interest of the American people, and adopting non-intervention policy regarding domestic affairs of other countries.
As to confrontation with press and arrest of journalists, Khatami said freedom is a precondition of democracy.
"Freedom means, freedom of press and freedom of expression but these do not mean that anyone can say whatever he or she wants to. Nowhere in the world is like that. Everyone should act within the framework of laws," he added.
"I do not want to say that no newspaper should be dealt with but I believe that any press that is to be closed or be put on trial must be dealt with within the framework of laws and regulations," Khatami said.
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