Hassan Rouhani pointed to the independence and separation of academia from the realm of politics and governmental interventions adding that knowledge and science required a ‘free environment’ to thrive.
He said that diplomats and statesmen need to bow down to scholars and scientists for guiding society on the right path.
"Since the politician has the power, and with it sometimes come money and social status, their intervention in the realm of science may lead to misuse; however, the politician must merely facilitate the process and withhold from interfering with the realm of academia,” Rouhani noted.
He also hailed Iran’s nuclear negotiators for their hard work and criticized some domestic parties for undermining their sincere and serious efforts by petty criticism; "it is a great source of national pride for us to have such an experienced team on our side who stands up to the 5+1 negotiators and addresses them in a political, legal and technical language.”
"National encouragement would be a good way to lift up the morale of our negotiators. I do not think it wise to criticize our courageous diplomats on petty charges while the other side are commending their own negotiating teams,” said Rouhani, referring to certain criticism leveled at Zarif and his negotiating team by some members of Iran’s Parliament, especially regarding Zarif's recent walking with John Kerry.