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May 27, 2015
Rouhani says most Iranians want peace
Tehran (AFP) May 26, 2015
An overwhelming majority of Iranians want peace with the rest of the world, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday, defending the nuclear negotiations under way with major powers. "Despite a small minority that speak loudly, the vast majority of the population are in favour of peace, reconciliation and constructive agreement with the world," Rouhani said during a televised speech in Shahriyar, west of Tehran. Iran and the so-called P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and ... read more

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