Source: Tehran Times
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said confrontation with the world will not bring the country success and thus his government has adopted a constructive approach toward the world.
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Rouhani made the remarks at a ceremony on Sunday held to honor a number of selected university professors and to commemorate Iran's national Teachers' Day, which was Friday.
Responding to certain criticism of his government's policies, which are based on "constructive interaction" with the world, Rouhani said, "Yes, we want to talk to the world; we want to speak with logic and resolve our issues."
He went on to say that the government is serious about following a moderate approach and avoiding extremism, and underlined that extremism has always taken a toll on the Iranian nation over the past few decades.
President calls sanctions 'great injustice'
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani described the sanctions imposed on the country as a "great injustice," but noted that there are certain groups and people who are happy about the sanctions.
"Sanctions mean when you want to export goods, even if it is laboratory equipment, you cannot. When you want to import, either simply you cannot, or you have to import at much higher prices," he explained.
Rouhani endorses scientific relations with the world
The Iranian president added that a number of Asian universities have achieved significant progress because they are "international" and have contacts with many foreign universities. Rouhani concluded that Iran should strengthen its scientific relations with other Muslim countries.
He also noted that universities should provide students a space to conduct dialogue, adding that when a person expresses criticism about an issue, he or she should receive a satisfactory response.
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