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        1/23/2014, Shevat 22, 5774

      Rouhani Seeks Normalization with West

      Deutche Welle reports Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying his country is seeking international ties. He said moderation and prudence were at the center of his philosophy.

       In his speech on Thursday, says Deutche Welle, Rouhani said that "constructive engagement with the world" was one of the pillars of his tenure as president, and that "moderation and prudence" were central to his worldview.

      Speaking of his hope that Iran could become one of the world's top ten economies within two decades, the Iranian president said that his nation was "ready to engage with all neighboring countries" in pursuit of this goal.

      Rouhani however also warned that economic factors alone should not determine policies, adds Deutche Welle, saying the "culture, spirituality and ethics" were also necessary elements of human existence.

      He called for development to be used as a means of combating terrorism, saying violence often emanated from unemployed and poor sections of society.

      Deutche Welle notes Rouhani made it clear before the forum opened that his goal in Davos is to attract Western investors to Iran and to meet chief executives of global oil and gas companies.