|No room for religious extremism in Iran: presidential advisor||
SHIRAZ – A presidential advisor said on Saturday that the revolution in Iran in 1979 was of an Islamic nature rather than a Shia one, and all ethnic and religious groups were involved in it, IRNA reported.
Hojatoleslam Ali Younesi, the advisor to the president for ethnic groups and religious minorities, also said the Islamic world is facing the serious threat of extremism.
“What is threatening the security of all Muslim nations is the emergence of violent and extremist groups which do violence and shed the blood of Muslims under the name of religion,” Younesi said in a meeting with Sunni ulema in Shiraz.
He added some of the countries in the region which helped these groups are now repenting their acts but they cannot do anything.
The former intelligence chief went on to say that due to “cultural” and “religious” values there is no room for extremism in Iran.
Government determined to root out extremism
Younesi also said the government of Hassan Rouhani is determined to uproot poverty.
“One of the policies of the government of prudence and hope is to uproot poverty,” the cleric advisor said.
Instead of “giving money to people” job opportunities should be created, the advisor said in a reference to cash subsidy payment to people which was introduced in late 2010 when the ruling administration increased the prices of fuel and some basic food commodities.
Instead of giving money to people the government is seeking to increase domestic production, he opined.
He also said unemployment is the origin of many problems which should be reduced through cooperation between all branches of the government.
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