The remark was made by Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf in a videoconference with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday, Mehr News Agency reported.
This was the first meeting of the country’s lawmakers with Ayatollah Khamenei after the new Parliament began its work in late May. In this meeting, the Leader was briefed on the approaches and plans of the 11th Parliament.
Qalibaf noted that the new Parliament aims to become a ‘revolutionary and agile’ institute that would seek to resolve the country’s problems.
Through appropriate planning and management, the country can achieve most of the goals set in its 20-year vision plan (2005-2025), although just five years remain until the end of this period, he added.
Qalibaf said all lawmakers have put on their agenda a ‘popular economy package’ that would transform the country’s economy in favor of people.
The package consists of five topics, namely, reforming the country’s budget structure, renovating the country’s tax system, improving livelihoods of low-income groups, improving businesses, creating jobs and boosting foreign trade and non-oil exports.
Elaborating on the last topic, he noted, “Adopting a moderate foreign policy – especially after learning lessons from the failed experience of looking to the West, developing respectful interaction with Europe and developing strong strategic relationships with the East, especially with China and Russia, can open various economic channels for supplying the country’s basic needs and raw materials and exporting products to countries of Southwest, Central and East Asia as well as the Indian Subcontinent. This is essentially on my and the Parliament’s agenda.”
“These measures will result in an improved geopolitical and geostrategic position of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said, adding that they “can not only neutralize enemies’ pressures in the short term but create new power leverages for the Islamic establishment against pressures while the enemy has openly decided to ramp up its pressure beyond Iran and target the whole Resistance Front with its economic blows.”
“The upgraded version of active resistance must include a cross-border program of a resistance economy that would include all actors and countries affected by the tyranny of the hegemonic system and coordinate their capacities to solve common problems,” Ghalibaf added.
He gave the assurance that Parliament will completely monitor international agreements to prevent any ‘dependency’ or ‘violation of the people’s rights’.