US President Donald Trump will do his utmost in the last months of his term to bring Iran to the negotiating table through exerting his economic leverage on Tehran, said an MP.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, Hojjatollah Firouzi, the spokesman of the Iranian Parliament’s Research Committee, stressed the importance of stronger interactions between the country’s executive and lawmaking branches for standing against the policy pursued by the Trump administration.
Trump needs to bring Iran to the negotiating table for a victory in the upcoming presidential election and, thus, will ramp up economic pressures on the Islamic Republic, he said.
Prior to being elected as US president during his election campaign in 2016, Trump constantly reproached the former president Barack Obama’s administration for signing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran in July 2015. He said the deal had failed to safeguard US interests.
In May 2018, he pulled the US out of the JCPOA and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran as part of his so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran.
Mainly targeting Iran’s oil and banking sector in a bid to cripple the country’s economy, the sanctions failed to prove effective in the light of the prudence of Iran’s leadership and government and people’s resistance.
This comes as the next presidential election is due to be held in November.
Firouzi also said the rise in the rates of major foreign currencies against the Iranian rial has been a consequence of US “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic, giving the assurance that the rates will continue falling, after having reflected an upward trend in recent weeks, and stability will be restored to the domestic foreign currency market.
In the past few weeks, the US dollar’s rate witnessed a significant and exponential growth against the rial reaching from 180,000 rials to a record high of close to 250,000 rials. Since Monday, however, the trend started declining with each dollar sold at slightly above 200,000 rials in the domestic market on Wednesday.
Highlighting the importance of stronger interactions between the Iranian presidency and Parliament, Firouzi said none of the two branches of government can manage the country and resolve people’s livelihood problems without the other one’s assistance.
The Parliament has a high status in the Islamic establishment given that it plays a legislative role and supervises the law enforcement process, the lawmaker noted.
He said as the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, said the Parliament is "on top of the country’s affairs".
Firouzi added with only a year to the end of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s tenure, what’s important is that the Parliament and presidency refrain from adopting opposing stances in relations with each other.
“They should help each other resolve the country’s economic problems.”
He called on the executive branch to, as in the previous years, maintain its motivation and continue implementing its plans to resolve the country’s economic problems.
“This is because the country is in a special situation and its people are beset with livelihood problems, which can be overcome only through greater sympathy among the country’s officials.”
On the other hand, he added, the Parliament should help the Cabinet continue its work in a peaceful and calm atmosphere in its final days.
The MP said at present, the ground is prepared for greater interaction and expanded cooperation between the ministers and parliamentarians.
Firouzi said the presidency is in charge of governing the administrative mechanism for resolving the country’s problems, stressing that, when it comes up with solutions to solve the issues, it needs the Parliament’s support to have the authority to adopt them.