Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday lauded India's cultural diversity, saying multiple faiths and schools of thought co-exist peacefully in the county.

Speaking at a meeting with Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics here, Rouhani said, "Islam is not a religion of violence, but one of moderation."

"Iran wants unity, independence and support for the East. Iran wants fraternity with India. We do not want to have any differences with other countries as well," said Rouhani who is on his first India visit since assuming charge as president in 2013.

"We see a lot of temples, other places of worship, and they are living in peace. They are having peaceful co-existence," he said.

Muslims, non-Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs are coexisting in peace in India, he said.

However, the West has created fissures between nations, he said.

"The enemies of Islam want to represent Islam as a religion of violence. Islam is not a religion of violence. Islam is a religion of moderation, Islam is a religion  of kindness," he said.

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