Source: Tehran Times
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he and his administration "fear no one and no power in their fight against corruption". President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with scholars and academics in the city of Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi Province, on Sunday.
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He also urged "the genius Iranian academics and scientists to introduce their plans to eradicate corruption and help national development".
Rouhani also said his administration would continue the policy of resistance in all fields despite outside pressure.
He further referred to "the electronic government" as one of the scientific solutions to fight corruption.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said, "Learning sciences, technology, and knowledge is the key to resolve the problems of the country."
The president also noted that problems should be addressed "through scientific plans not by words."
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Criticizing the idea of separating men and women in public places, including universities and work places, Rouhani said, "Separation is not an answer to cultural problems."
"In order to promote ethics in the society, we must learn scientific methods to deal with our young generation.
"Walls and (anti-Internet) filters are not the answers" to the young generation's issues, said the president.
He added, "In the present time, we have no choice but to convince our young generation [through scientific methods]. The use of force is not a solution to their problems and questions."
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The president went on to say that Islam "is not a religion of hardship and difficulties. It is not a complicated religion. We must find scientific solutions to our problems."
He also urged scientists and scholars to help his government overcome its problems in various economic, social, and cultural fields.
Iran's policy is based on resistance
Elsewhere in his speech, Rouhani said the Iranian nation has trust in God, and no power is capable of disappointing or defeating them.
The Iranian nation has been proud of its resistance in the past three decades despite the pressures, threats and sanctions, he stated.
He referred to seven week-long murder of defenseless women and children in Gaza by Zionist regime, saying the Zionists' atrocities have a root in their materialistic philosophy and their inability to break the Palestinians' resistance.
Pointing to the anti-Iran sanctions, he said his administration would continue with its efforts to resolve economic problems and would do its utmost to improve the future prospects of the country.
Later in the day, President Rouhani met a number of investors and developers in the city of Mashhad, where he referred to economic issues.
Highlighting the need for the government to privatize its sectors, he said, "A government-based economy is an inefficient one."
"The government should be downsized to become more agile and fight its own bureaucracy. This way, life would become more pleasant for people," he explained.
The president also reaffirmed his administration's commitment to keep inflation under control, saying the country's inflation would plummet to a single-digit number by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2015).
Rouhani traveled to Mashhad on Monday on his eighth provincial tour since he took office last year.
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