President speaking to reporters at Jamaran Husseiniya:
Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani an incomparable figure of Islamic movement, revolution/Problems never deviated Ayatollah Hashemi from his path/He showed the whole nation the right path with bravery, courage, open mind
Expressing condolences over passing away of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani to the great Iranian nation, especially the Supreme Leader, Dr Rouhani said: "Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani was an incomparable figure of Islamic movement and the Islamic Revolution".
Speaking to reporters at Jamaran Husseiniya during Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's mourning ceremony, Dr Rouhani referred to the time of the Islamic Movement and the Islamic Revolution and added: "Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani was a liaison between Iran and Najaf, and Iran and Paris during those times and after the return of the great founder of the Islamic Revolution [back to the country], was a very close companion to Imam Khomeini (RA)".
At days, the whole burden of the Islamic Revolution was on Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's shoulder, said Rouhani adding: "After the 7th Tir (28th June, 1981) incident, Imam [Khomeini] (RA) was left alone and it was Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani who stood by Imam Khomeini (RA) and carried a heavy burden in the state".
"During his presence, all people and Imam (RA) enjoyed serenity," Dr Rouhani added.
Managing the war by Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, as the commander of war, was done perfectly, added Rouhani, saying: "During the Imposed War, this prominent figure always stood by the Supreme Leader".
He went on to refer to Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's unparalleled and exemplary role in electing the rightful successor of the great founder of the Islamic Revolution in less than 24 hours, and continued: "He displayed significant braveries in all stages of the Islamic Revolution and during the era of construction and reconstruction after the Imposed War. He never left the arena and problems never deviated him from his path".
"Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani always stood by Imam (RA) and was a companion to the Supreme Leader until the last moment of his full-off-blessing life," Rouhani added.
He showed the whole nation the right path with bravery, courage and an open mind, Dr Rouhani continued, saying: "He had very lofty wishes for the greatness and pride of the great Iranian nation and the Islamic Revolution and this path continues and we everyone should be active to lead the Islamic Revolution and the state to its favourable point, as set by the people and the Supreme Leader".
Describing the personality of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, he said: "He was a great intellectual and a wise, popular politician who easily and patiently managed the biggest problems and never separated from the Islamic Revolution and the effects of his efforts are seen in the entire country and arenas".