TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that it is almost impossible to achieve progress at home without establishing economic interaction with the world.
“It is very difficult, and almost impossible, to gain national might without having relations with the world,” Rouhani said during a speech to a large gathering of students at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, which marked the national Student’s Day.
The Student’s Day is the anniversary of the murder of three students of the University of Tehran on December 7, 1953 in the Pahlavi era.
“This day reminds us the historic event which happened 60 years ago at the University of Tehran, representing students’ dedication, devotion and pioneering who stood against colonialism and despotism,” he said.
He also commented on the nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers and said, “The government of prudence and hope has been able to resolve one major problem that the country had been facing over the past 10 years.”
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched a deal on November 24 according to which Iran agreed to offer a number of concessions in exchange for limited relief from the sanctions imposed on the country.
“Not only nuclear energy and nuclear technology but also [uranium] enrichment are among our inalienable rights,” he said.
He underlined that it is necessary that the Iranian people’s livelihood be improved and the “cruel” regime of sanctions be broken.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said that the government is committed to fulfilling all pledges it has made to the people and called for national consensus and more tolerance.
He also advised against being “too emotional”, saying all issues could be solved through rationality and moderation.
The president further spoke about Iran’s influence on the region and the diplomatic measures Tehran took to avert a U.S.-led war on Syria and said, “Today, major powers have to take the Iranian nation’s power into consideration to resolve regional issues.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said although universities are not a tool of political parties, they serve as workshops to teach politics to students.