President of Iran Reiterates Iran’s Opposition to Violence, Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA), January 10, 2015 - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani condemned any form of violence against people across the world and reiterated that extremism and violence have nothing to do with the real nature of Islam.

“We condemn extremism, violence and terrorism across the world, including in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria or in Paris and the US,” Rouhani said in a meeting with the delegates to the Islamic Unity Conference in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Friday.

“Those who are unrightfully killing people and carrying out acts of violence and extremism in the name of Jihad, religion or Islam are, wittingly or unwittingly, treading the path of (promoting) Islamophobia and (are actually) fighting against Islam,” he added.

Rouhani once again reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s support for nations that resist against terrorism.

“We are very happy that Muslim people in the region from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine to Pakistan and Afghanistan resist extremism, violence and terrorism and achieve new victories on a daily basis,” the Iranian president stated.

In December, participants in the first international conference on 'World Against violence and Extremism (WAVE)' in Tehran in their final statement asked the world governments, politicians and religious leaders to condemn terrorism, violence and extremism in all forms.

The conference came in the aftermath of a last year proposal by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his address to the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on September 25, 2013, which received the approval of the UNGA after being endorsed by an overwhelming majority of the member states on December 18, 2013.

During his address to the opening of the 1st WAVE conference, President Rouhani proposed that December 18 be named as the International Day against Violence and Extremism.

Also, the participants in the Tehran conference welcomed the proposal in their final statement, and underscored the necessity for the world states, politicians and religious leaders to condemn terrorism, violence and extremism in all forms.

On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned the attack in Paris, and said any act of terrorism against innocent people is opposed to Islamic teachings.

"Misusing freedom of expression, ideological extremism and character assassination of respectful figures of religions and nations as well as insulting divine faiths and their values and symbols which are respected by those religions are not acceptable and are condemned,” Afkham said.

Reacting to the Paris incident, she said those acts are continuation of the wave of extremism and unprecedented physical and ideological violence prevailing worldwide during the past decade.

Afkham regretted that the “inappropriate and double standard policies in dealing with violence and extremism have led to the spread of those acts and behaviors”.

She reiterated President Rouhani’s idea of creating a world free from violence and extremism, and expressed the hope that world leaders would adopt a unified policy through consultation and free from double standard policies to uproot causes of violence and extremism.

At least 12 people were killed on Wednesday when masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and opened fire. The French authorities have called the incident the worst terror attack in four decades.


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