TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian underlined that Iran is now spearheading the international fight against terrorism and extremism.
“Iran is now an axis of campaign against violence and extremism and everyone should increase their efforts in this field,” Nahavandian told reporters on the sidelines of a poster exhibition titled World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) in Tehran on Friday.
He reiterated that the world has welcomed President Hassan Rouhani’s WAVE initiative, and said, “This shows that the fight against violence and extremism is what the people of the world need today.”
Nahavandian pointed to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s message to the European youth, and said, “The Supreme Leader has in his letter emphasized that the correct and true image of Islam should be presented to the world at a time when the world is facing Islamophobia and extremism.”
In relevant remarks Last month, Nahavandian deplored the French weekly Charlie Hebdo’s sacrilegious cartoon of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), and said such moves provoke and strengthen extremist and terrorist groups.
“We need to stop insults to Islam in order to eradicate extremism, violence and terrorism,” Nahavandian said on his personal weblog.
He underlined that those seeking violence attempt to provoke the religious sensitivity of pious people to send more soldiers to extremist and terrorist groups to justify their so-called response policies.
His remarks came after the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, published a sacrilegious cartoon of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), only a week after gunmen murdered eight journalists and four others at its offices in Paris in retaliation for a cartoon released by the weekly of ISIL terrorist group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baqdadi.
The latest cartoon of Islam’s prophet has hurt the sentiments of over a billion Muslims throughout the world and caused angry protests in many world states.
In December, Tehran hosted the First International Conference of the World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE).
The WAVE conference came in the aftermath of a last year proposal by President 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 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.
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