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President’s speech at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit:

The idea that only aerial bombardment can solve the scourge of terrorism is naivete

President Hassan Rouhani on Friday has urged member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to take collective steps in the face of extremism and the threat of terrorism.

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Fri 12 - September 2014 - 13:28

He made the remarks in his speech at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit meeting in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
“The idea that only aerial bombardment can solve the scourge of terrorism is naiveté and an escape from the complexity of the issue,” he said, adding that confronting violence can be successful through the contribution of regional nations and governments.
Fighting terrorism needs organized planning, bilateral and multilateral cooperation and elimination of economic and cultural poverty, President added.
He referred to Iran's proposal known as "World Against Violence and Extremism" (WAVE) which was approved overwhelmingly by the UN general assembly in 2013 and hailed deepening of world understanding towards the menace of extremism.
President Rouhani further noted that over the past months the Islamic Republic has warned that support for terrorist and extremist groups will eventually affect the entire region.
Resolution of the issue of terrorism requires an international commitment, the President added.
The president also made a reference the so-called US-led international coalition formed to battle the ISIL terrorist group, emphasizing that airstrikes cannot alone resolve the issue of terrorism.
He also urged the peaceful co-existence of followers of various religions and warned advocates of terrorists about the consequences of their policies.
Without participation of regional states, air assaults will not resolve the terrorism problem in the region, Dr.Rouhani noted.
He expressed his deep concern over the political crisis in Afghanistan and voiced regret over manipulation of sanctions as a tool against members of the international community.
President Rouhani also said sanctions have become a destructive weapon in the hands of Western countries and they can be imposed against any member of the international community, including the SCO countries.
Launching the Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan railroad as well as the Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Oman transit corridor can help boost cooperation among SCO member states, the President announced.
He added that Iran is ready to help increase convergence among SCO member states.
This truth that security is the most essential concern of the world, especially for SCO member countries, Iranian President stressed the need for economic, political and cultural importance to establishing security in the region and rid of Terrorism.
He continued that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the fight against the sanctions should become as one of the principles of this organization

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