Leader’s aide: Iran opposed to all forms of extremism

Ali Akbar Velayati, the president of the Center for Strategic Research of Iran’s Expediency Council

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader’s senior adviser Ali Akbar Velayati underlined the country’s strong opposition to all forms of extremism and aggression.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is opposed to all types of extremism and aggression,” Velayati after meeting with former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the first international conference on ‘World Against violence and Extremism (WAVE)’ in Tehran on Wednesday.

The former Iranian foreign minister also said that Iran and Pakistan share interests in Afghanistan and the region, including in campaign against terrorism and Al Qaeda.

“The Pakistani prime minister is pleased with Iran’s contribution to the campaign against terrorism and extremism in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon,” he added.

Tehran hosted the two-day WAVE conference on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.

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

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.

By Fars News Agency


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