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President in cabinet meeting:

Boosting production, export, employment highest prayer/Enemy not able to bring Iranian nation to knees; provided that branches, people stand together/Iran got special privileges in Caspian Convention/Yemeni lesson to aggressors: compromise, negotiation, agreement; not war, aggression

President Rouhani described attempting to increase production, exports and employment the highest of all prayers and the feature of being a revolutionary and instructed Central Bank, Customs and ministers to report all their activities to people so that they can understand how subsidised foreign currency has been spent.

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Speaking in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Dr Hassan Rouhani expressed happiness over more security in the region compared to past years and said: “This year, we are witnessing more security than the past years, especially in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and even in northern Africa”.

“I hope that the people of Yemen soon witness establishment of peace and stability and the aggressors have learned the lesson that war and aggression are not the way, but compromise, negotiation, agreement and political solutions are the way to go,” added the President.

Regarding the Iran-Iraq war era, the President said: “After the Imposed War, the effects of the war still remained, and unfortunately, they have not been completely healed even today. We have important legal issues with Iraq that have not been resolved and must be pursued”.

“It’s been over 20 years that negotiations on Caspian Sea issues are running between its five littoral countries. We resolved a part of the issues and a part is still remaining. In some issues, the countries on the north part of the sea could reach an agreement,” continued Rouhani.

He added: “In the south side of the sea, there are still issues between Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan. We had good agreements with Azerbaijan in this regard, some of which are being implemented, but a part of these issues has not been resolved yet”.

Stressing that as the result of the negotiations and agreements, we had great achievements in national security, Dr Rouhani said: “The conspiracies of the Americans and even NATO was to be present in these waters and deploy their soldiers, frigates, helicopters and bases on the coasts of Caspian Sea. In this agreement, the five countries agreed to ban the presence of foreign vessels in Caspian Sea”.

“After 20 some years of negotiation, only 30 per cent of the Caspian Sea issues have been solved and negotiations still continue,” said the president, adding: “We have to continue negotiating because this is the only way. We must resolve the issues with dialogue and negotiation”.

He continued: “Military and defence power, especially in military war and defending the country, is very important and has an important role. But the defending the country won’t be possible without foreign policy, people’s support, and cultural and economic issues. Powers and capabilities of the country must exercise synergy and stand together to make it happen”.

Dr Rouhani also went on to refer to the Iran-Iraq war and said: “After the war, we had secret negotiations with an Iraqi official who was close to Saddam Hussein. People didn’t know anything about this, and even today, some may not know what happened in those negotiations. Those negotiations were under the supervision of the Supreme National Security Council and we were continuously guiding the negotiations”.

“The late Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani had a very valuable role in managing the war and the political victory after that; may God rest his soul in peace,” added the President.

Dr Rouhani also spoke about economic issues and the market, saying: “Today, we need calmness in the market. We are in conditions that the enemies want to put pressure on the country and disrupt people’s life, a situation in which the government has a very heavy responsibility. All ministers, vice-presidents and authorities in organs around the country have a heavy responsibility”.

The government should help people and people should help the government, said Rouhani adding: “We must join hands and cope with this situation together. We won’t let enemies to bring us to our knees. The enemies will take the wish of defeating Iran to the grave. They cannot defeat the great Iranian nation by illegal, cruel and unlawful pressures”.

Stating that in this situation some don’t pay attention to the national interests and the future of their country, he said: “We must know that the first issue of the country is the economic issue. Economic issues cannot be solved by police work. Of course, this may be needed sometimes by we must put emphasis on calm atmosphere to promote people’s trust in future”.

We need calmness in the market and economy is the first priority of the country, said Rouhani adding: “If we want to stand against the US’ conspiracy, we must create a calm business atmosphere”.

Saying that Iran is negotiating with entire world, the President added: “In the latest visit to Kazakhstan, we had good negotiations with our neighbouring countries and, at the same time, we are negotiating with Europe and elsewhere in Asia”.

He also said that it was the Americans themselves who disrupted the process of negotiations, addressing Americans: “If you wanted to pass through the bridge, why did you destroy it? If you wanted us to meet, why did you destroy the bridge? You yourself did it. If you want to prove it, you have to rebuild the bridge. Once you rebuild the bridge, meetings will automatically and naturally happen”.

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