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Supreme Leader: Iran should regain ancient status as 'mother of science'

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA-Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Iran should regain its ancient status as 'mother of science' thanks to hard works of young Iranian scientists.

The Supreme Leader said in a meeting with members of the High Council for Cultural Revolution that the body is expected to make adequate planning for cultural development in line with 20-Year Strategy for Economic, Cultural and Social Development.

The Supreme Leader has already forwarded the 20-Year Strategy (2005-2025) to the heads of the executive, legislature and the judiciary to be taken into account in the context of four five-year development plans as of the Fourth Five-Year Economic, Cultural and Social Development Plan (2005-2010).

Elsewhere in his guidelines to the High Council for Cultural Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei said that in cultural planning, the body should pay due attention to commitment of the people to aspirations of the late Imam Khomeini which they displayed during the latest elections.

"Now, the ground is well prepared to put into force cultural development as envisaged in the 20-Year Strategy for Economic and Cultural Development," the Supreme Leader said.

The Supreme Leader said that by implementing adequate planning for cultural development, the current maladies in the domain of culture would lose ground.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized the need to follow long-term planning particularly in the field of cultural development and said that the heads of three branches of government, cabinet ministers and respective organizations are required to enforce the long-term plans approved earlier by higher organs.

The Supreme Leader advised the high council to pursue progress in the field of science and theoretical studies which are prerequisite for national development and progress of modern technology.

After the Supreme Leader's remarks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that scientific and cultural progress will help the nation to attain the goals of 20-Year Strategy for Economic Development.

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