Wednesday, July 21, 2004

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Description of Selected News: "Rafsanjani Says Unity, Security Are Prerequisites To Development

Kerman, July 20, IRNA -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Monday evening that national unity and domestic security are the fundamental prerequisites for development of the country.

Addressing clerics and local officials of this southeastern province, he said political wranglings pose the greatest danger to the Islamic Republic and its system.

Referring to universities and theological seminaries as two of the most valuable assets of Iranian society, he urged the two institutions to forge the strongest bond of unity and solidarity.

Rafsanjani further warned the Iranian people to remain vigilant against the continuing efforts of enemies to defeat the Islamic system in this country.

Condemning the presence of US-led foreign forces in the Middle East and their continuing physical occupation of Iraq, he stressed that Tehran is as interested as other members of the international community in ridding the world of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

Lauding the country's armed forces for their brilliant work of defending the peace and tranquility in the eastern part of the country, the EC chairman said the eastern region is one of the most strategic parts of the country which requires investment to be made for its security.

In related developments, Rafsanjani attended a meeting of officials in charge of the headquarters for reconstruction of the quake-stricken city of Bam Monday afternoon.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 degrees on the Richter scale struck the historical city on December 26, 2003 leaving over 30,000 people dead and tens of thousands of others injured with no homes to return to.

Expressing his appreciation for their continuing efforts to reconstruct the destroyed city, he expressed the hope he would be able to witness a rebuilt Bam in his next visit to the city.

Rafsanjani arrived in Kerman on Monday to the warm welcome of senior local officials.

The head of the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation and the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee accompanied the EC chairman on his one-day tour."


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