The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to guarantee all the civil rights of religious minorities, says a faculty member of the Iranian University of Religions and Denominations.
‘In fact, the Islamic Republic desires the Middle East to be a region where its leaders are appointed by referring to the public elections and a region where the civil rights of all minorities, especially the religious minorities, are preserved,’ Hojatoleslam Mohammad Masjedjamei said in the 10th edition of Iran-Vatican interreligious dialogue on Tuesday.
‘What described today as the Islamic extremism, is actually a very complicated phenomenon created by an array of historical, social, political, cultural, and religious factors,’ Masjedjamei said.
‘These factors, very often, have their roots outside the Islamic territories and they are mostly the result of issues like globalization, spread of digital communications and covert and overt interventions by the big powers,’ he said.
‘In no other place can you see such overwhelming interventions by the big powers,’ he added.
The two-day meeting hosted by the Vatican is going to wrap up on Wednesday.
Also present at the meeting were Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman Director of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), and Mohammad Taher Rabbani Iranian Ambassador to the Vatican