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  • Iran urges global campaign against extremism

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned against the spread of terrorism, saying the ominous phenomenon can only be eradicated through global interaction.

    “In order to root out extremism and violence we need coordination, cooperation and interaction among all countries in the region and the world,” Rouhani said, addressing a press conference in China on Thursday.

    Definitely, terrorism, violence and extremism will not be restricted to a particular area, Rouhani warned.

    The Iranian chief executive criticized certain countries for sponsoring extremism in the Middle East.

    Rouhani further pointed to Iran’s proposal titled ‘World Against Violence and Extremism’ (WAVE), saying the idea calls for global interaction to combat extremism and violence.

    On December 18, 2013, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to approve Rouhani’s WAVE proposal, which calls on all nations across the globe to denounce violence and extremism. The Iranian president made the proposal in his address to the UN Disarmament Conference in New York on September 25.

    Under the resolution, the Assembly would urge all member states to unite against violence and extremism in all its forms and manifestations, as well as sectarian violence.

    Elsewhere, in his remarks, the Iranian president said that the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy is based on interaction with the world.

    “Through interaction and dialog, we can solve many issues in the way of interaction with the world,” Rouhani said.

    Rouhani is on a three-day visit to China to attend the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

    CICA is a multi-national forum to enhance cooperation in a bid to promote peace, security and stability in Asia.

    The forum groups 24 countries, among them Afghanistan, Azerbaijan Republic, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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