Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani

Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani: "Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani
Tehran, July 13, IRNA -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Tuesday that Iran will fight terrorism independently and cautiously.
In a meeting with the visiting Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Rafsanjani further said that the Islamic Revolution and the system have suffered tremendously from terrorism.

"The double-faced and biased approach of the United States towards this ominious phenomenon is not only defeating efforts to fight it but also escalating the problem," he said.

He stressed that the terrorist group Mujahedeen is currently sheltered by the United States and has given sufficient reason for nations to accuse the US of dishonesty in its fight against terrorism and not trust its slogans.

Pointing to the differences between terrorism and resistance, the EC chairman reiterated that ignoring the absolute right of five million Palestinian refugees cannot be ignored.

Pointing to the trend of democracy in Iran, he said all senior officials in the country are elected by direct or indirect vote of the people.

"Moving towards Islam is the most important achievement of our nation because the people have risen up to reinvigorate Islamic values and made the Islamic Revolution its base," Rafsanjani stated.

He also pointed to Iran's economic potentials and capabilities for investment and said "One can invest in Iran easlily and with confidence through the approval of a law by the Expediency Council on support for foreign investment in Iran."

"We have no fundamental problems in preparing grounds for foreign tourists to invest in our country."

For his part, Goh outlined the political and economic developments in Singapore and said the region has concerns over the issue of terrorism which should be eradicated through collaboration of regional states and forging of appropriate strategies.

An economy based on Iran's natural resources and that based on Singapore's trade and investment can complement each other, the premier noted.

Referring to the economic agreements entered into by the two countries, he said these agreements enjoy three principles of limited trade between the two countries, support for investment and approval of double taxation.

He pointed to the many oil, gas, electricity and transit fields in Iran and expressed his country's determination to further cooperate with Iran in these fields.

Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived here Sunday.

He has already held separate meetings with senior Iranian officials including Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, President Mohammad Khatami, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel and First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref. "

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