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[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] Thursday, 21 Mordad 1361, 22 Shawwal 1402 [12 August 1982]

[Issue No:] 11649

[Page:] 1


Report of Kayhan correspondent from New Delhi regarding meetings and discussions of the Speaker of [Iran's] Parliament and his entourage

The Iranian delegation, in their meetings in India, clarified their stance regarding the Iraq-Iran war and the seventh session of the Non-Aligned Movement. Both sides reiterated the need for greater mutual cooperation in order to confront the meddling of superpowers in the internal affairs of Third World nations. The Iranian delegation became more interested in strategic cooperation between the two countries. …

In [India's] Parliament, Hojjatol-Islam Rafsanjani, in response to a question by one of the representatives regarding the freedom of religious minorities in Iran, said all religious minorities in Iran except the Baha'is have equal rights. From the government's point of view the Baha'i sect is not considered a religious minority. This sect is the result of British colonialism. The activity of Baha'is in Iran has been espionage against the Islamic Republic.

About other minorities, Mr Hashemi said they are completely free to perform their religious rites. They have churches, schools, cemeteries, and their own newspapers. …