Iranian presidential hopeful Hassan Rohani says national interests are Iran’s redline, stressing that safeguarding the country’s interests will be a top priority of his administration.
Rohani, who heads the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, added that while he deeply believes in freedom of expression it must not be used in a way that threatens national interests.
“Democracy is not possible without freedom and democracy will not be achieved without freedom of expression, thought and discussion,” he stated.
He emphasized that all parties should enjoy the right to be involved in political activities and they should also be treated equally under the law.
Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator, pointed to the sensitive situation in the country and stressed the importance of adopting strategies to remove unilateral sanctions against the country.
He said Iran should work toward preventing the imposition of new sanctions because these restrictions are are affecting the people’s daily lives.
The Islamic Republic’s 11th presidential election will be held on June 14. Presidential hopefuls can register from May 7 to 11.
By Press TV
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