Former president Khatami calls for national reconciliation

17 May 2011

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Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami is urging the Islamic Republic leadership and the people to forgive each other and reach out to each other for the sake of the country’s future.

On his personal website, Khatami writes about his meeting with some of the veterans of the eight-year Iran-Iraq War, where he said: “If there has been any wrongdoing, let us all forgive each other and look toward the future.”

Khatami expresses his grave concern over the “toxic atmosphere” of Iran’s political arena and proposes a series of solutions to lead the country out of this situation. He urges the government not to regard every criticism as sedition and to allow political parties and groups to function and participate in elections.

The former president reminds the establishment of the ideals of the Revolution as preached by the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomeini. He urges the authorities to recognize people’s right to those ideals.

Khatami also refers to the dire national economy. Citing a lack of economic growth, he calls into question the government’s claim that it has created 2.5 million jobs.

source: Radio Zamaneh

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