All should work to restore solidarity to country

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) – Iran’s Hassan Rouhani has told a press conference in Tehran his government has been working to avoid ‘additional damage’ on economy in its first half-term.

President Hassan Rouhani’s presser came for the occasion of National Week of the Government and quite coincidentally, the end of his government’s first two years; Rouhani said if he were to describe this half-term, “I would say that the government worked to restore stability and peace for different walks of life in society; we walked from a government facing with inflammation and grave issues in terms of social solidarity, foreign policy, and economics, to a government of stability and peace; a cabinet sparing no opportunity and capacity to avoid more economic damage, in addition to seeking remedies for damages already wrought upon the body of the lethargic economy,” Rouhani said.

“In terms of domestic politics, government worked to bring an environment where peaceful relations and reconciliation among different ethnic, political, and other groups thrive; it worked to bridge the gap unnecessarily created in the social texture; we worked to revive an environment where ethics, morality, art, and culture could breathe; our effort focused on restoring a social condition conducive to and favorable for the artists, schools, and academic centers and their relations with the world outside,” Rouhani added.

“Our number one priority in economy was regulating the market in order to prevent fluctuations; in the past two years, we worked to create new environment for economic boom; on culture, we created grounds for cultural and social work,” president told the press conference, shifting the focus of his speech to future Parliament elections. “We will have a successful elections, and will see a burgeoning in political activity in next March; I hope that people will participate in higher levels to create a more competitive elections; the health of elections is very critical; the government would not enter into political altercation; however, as president and as one responsible for execution of the rules, I will attend to my duty accordingly,” he emphasized.

President then responded to some questions by different media. On a question about government’s plans to face problems as tax avoidance and rentier circles, Rouhani said that an oil-based economy with circles seeking lucrative government resources and using privileges in unregulated trade had been banes of the economy; “we should respect the law; no other method or conduct would keep the country in the path to development; I would not claim that the government had succeeded in tackling all issues of creating justice and fighting state privileged and cronyism; however, we have taken effective steps and will continue its plans to fight the malady,” he added.

Rouhani highlighted the media as crucial instruments with help in unremitted campaign against corruption; however, he believed that all parts of the media should have equally access to government resources and state support in doing their job; “on bringing social justice, the government has defined it almost a mission to fight corruption and monopoly over state resources; we have taken good steps and other steps are still to come,” Rouhani told the reporters.

About the exact amount of Iran’s frozen assets in foreign banks, Rouhani admitted that different figures had been given by the government officials and that some of the figures could be accurate and genuine.

On a question about the ‘genuine concerns’ voiced by the parliament and other Principlist circles that parliament, according to Articles 77 and 125 of the Constitution, should approve the nuclear deal, president Rouhani believed that the articles had asserted that ‘president and his representative’ should sign any international treaty which was subject to parliament approval process, and facetiously said that neither he nor his representative had signed any treaty; “the nuclear deal is just an understanding amending the past agreements on Iran’s nuclear program; neither of the parliaments of the 5+1 have approved and passed the deal; in addition, if parliament approves the deal, it will create additional commitments to the government, which is quite unnecessary; no other such agreements had been subject to doubt as to why parliament had not approved them, for example agreement signed with EU3 in Sa’adabad Palace,” Rouhani emphasized. “All the deal have done is to ensure that the provisions of the past agreements are implemented; and in reality, it is not a new treaty and convention parliament could approve it,” he added.

On a question on the propaganda by some news outlets about the possible weakening Iran’s defensive capabilities by the JCPOA, and whether the deal would improve Iran’s defense, Rouhani said that country’s national power lied in its capacity of deterrence; “a part of this deterrence is military and defense industries; other parts are in foreign policy, economy, and even international relations law; resistance economy would mean creation of a situation where Iran would not be sanctioned anymore, a point where deterrence would come to be a reality,” Rouhani emphasized.   

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