Hassan Rohani said in a meeting with professors of the University of Tehran that turning universities Islamic does not mean to readjust headscarves, and that democracy will not come without freedom of speech, thought, and negotiations.
Rouhani, a to-be presidential candidate, said that although limits exist in many sections, there must be no limits to scholarly research.
He also believed that these days official diplomacy does not work and that public, as well as scholarly diplomacies are needed. "Proper grounds must be provided for professors to be able to comment on all issues of the country and to criticize.”
"Students must be free in socio-political activities, but there are also limits which lie in national interests. To decide upon trespassing these limits is the role of the court of law.”
He answered a question as whether he will attend the problems of the Reformists as "Every legitimate party’s rightful demands must be considered. They all must be free to act. Equality must exist in society, and the way the law is enforced generates the feeling.”