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Iran not to back down from red lines in negotiations: President Raisi

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Tue / 8 March 2022 / 14:34

Tehran (ISNA) - Pointing out that the government seeks to develop relations with all countries, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi referred to the talks in Vienna and said, "We have not, and will not, retreat from any of the red lines".

Speaking on Tuesday morning at the meeting of the Assembly of Experts, President Ebrahim Raisi said, "The power of the Islamic Republic is based on the support of the people and their presence in various arenas, and social capital and public trust are the most important components of power, authority and national security of the country".

He stated that the Popular Administration has announced that it expects the people to do the main task of creating change in the country.

Emphasizing that the Declaration of the Second Step of the Islamic Revolution is the document and the basis of change in the government, the President stated, "The main axis of the activities of the Popular Administration is to establish justice and eliminate backwardness in this field".

President Raisi went on to describe the government's actions in significantly reducing the mortality rate of COVID-19, and said that concerns about the state of basic commodity reserves were another concern of the government at the beginning of its activity and said, "After eliminating the concerns about the stock of basic goods, the government has focused on budgeting and liquidity control, and achieved good results in this area as well".

Ayatollah Raisi added, "The budget bill for 1401 was prepared without a budget deficit and taking into account the realization of 8% economic growth, while in previous years the average economic growth of the country was less than one percent and about 4 tenths of a percent".

The President raised the question of whether it is possible to achieve the goal of 8% economic growth or not, he stated, "According to the 1401 budget document, if expenditures are controlled, revenues increase and cash flow is directed towards production".

"Naturally, when large corporations and banks become active in the productive economy and production, the private sector is encouraged to increase its presence in this area," he said.

The President continued, "For example, construction workshops in Khuzestan have multiplied several times before the government's visit, or the Gorgan Bay restoration operation has begun during the last few days since the government's recent visit to Golestan province".

Ayatollah Raisi said, "In the period since the beginning of the government, we have tried to curb the increase of liquidity and not to borrow from the Central Bank".

Referring to the significant increase in trade with neighbouring countries, he said, "Some accuse us of looking one-dimensionally to the East and say that today, as in the past, the government is looking to the East. This is not true, and the government seeks to develop relations with all countries and create a balance in the country's foreign policy".

In another part of his speech, the President said that the elimination of absolute poverty is another serious concern of the government, and said, "Although there are different indicators to determine absolute poverty in the world, we are trying to define absolute poverty based on our customary definition to eradicate it completely in the Islamic society".

Referring to the issue of nuclear talks, he explained the government's strategy in this regard, "In the first step, the government seriously pursued the lifting of sanctions, and in the second step, it seeks to lift the sanctions in negotiations that are based on complete respect".

Ayatollah Raisi emphasized, "The Popular Administration is following the nuclear talks in full accordance with the principles and framework set by the Supreme Leader and has not and will not back down from any of the announced red lines".

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