Hosting Iran’s religious minorities leaders, Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi elaborated on religious minorities and Muslim civil society in Islam’s perspective.
Alavi stressed the significant role of religious minorities political representatives in Iran’s parliament in marinating an interaction between Iranian Christian communities and governmental organizations and appreciated their role in broadcasting the country’s exsisting realities within international communities.
Referring to some paragraphs of Imam Ali’s letter to Malik Ashtar (when installing him as the governor of Egypt) and telling some stories about the Christian lives in Imam Ali’s government, Alavi added "Islam ways peace for all people and it is our Islamic and Shiite duty to maintain communication between Muslims and different religions [followers], as the way Islam and Shi’ism obligate us”.
"That the religious minorities in this country [Iran] are at peace and express their satisfaction is considered a religious value for us” Alavi noted.
Continuing, he referred to the commonalities among monotheistic religions and recalling memories about Imam Khomeini's visiting with Christian bishops, pointed out to Ayatollah Kamenei’s close relationships with Christians and visiting the families of minority religious martyrs.
Further, Iran’s intelligence minister slammed baseless accusations to Iran in that Iran ignores violates the rights of religious minorities saying "that a christian is legally confronted because of some violations does not mean either a lack of religious freedom or animosity between Islam and Christianity”.
Alavi stressed that Islamic Republic of Iran knows it as its own duty to venerate human beings based on their humanity.