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President at the opening ceremony of the Seventh Farabi International Award Festival:

The team of nuclear negotiators has brought honor to the country / Science and knowledge requires a free atmosphere

President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appreciated efforts made by Iran’s nuclear negotiating team noting that they are a source of pride for the nation.

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Sat 31 - Januar 2015 - 10:07

“Today, we have very experienced diplomats who negotiate with the world six powerful countries (P5+1) about legal, political and technical issues. This is a source of pride for our country,” President Rouhani said.
He made the remarks while addressing the opening ceremony of the Seventh Farabi International Award Festival here.
Referring to domestic critics of the negotiating team, the president said, “Criticism is not booing or accusing, but instead it means to show a better and more precise way which would lead us to our destination faster.”
“Some people damage national interests in the name of a certain political party or faction or in the name of criticism,” said the president noting that “political parties are defined based on and derived from national interests not equal to or above them.”
President Rouhani stressed the need for “nationally praising” the nuclear negotiators as they are shouldering a heavy burden during the talks with the world big powers over the legitimate rights of the Iranian nation.
He also stressed that different sciences should develop in the country with the help of government and not with its interference.
President Hassan Rouhani stressed the independence and separation of academia from the realm of politics and governmental interventions adding that knowledge and science required a ‘free environment’ to flourish.
“Politics' intervention in science is neither good for politics nor for science,” President Rouhani stressed.
He said both (politics and science) would suffer in case of politics interference in scientific issues.
He asserted that diplomats and statesmen needed to bow down to thinkers and scholars for guiding the society through the right path, adding, “since the politician has the power in hand, and with it sometimes come money and social status, his or her intervention in the realm of science may lead to misuse; the fact of the matter is, however, that the politician must merely facilitate the process and withhold from interfering with the realm of academia.”

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