0235 GMT May 21, 2022
In an address on his last day in office, Rouhani said on Monday that his prescription for the country’s problems is the same as what it was eight years ago, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“I reiterate that the way to save the country is moderation at home and abroad, as well as constructive interaction at home and abroad,” he noted.
The outgoing president stated that everybody should come to the conclusion that the era of extremism is over and that the road to moderation is the right path.
He also highlighted his administration’s success in lifting seven dangerous sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council on Iran, saying his team has always been hopeful about the results of constructive interaction and dialogue.
Commenting on the significant economic benefits provided by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Rouhani added that without the nuclear deal, it would have been much more difficult to achieve success under the sanctions and the enemy-imposed economic war.
Iran signed the JCPOA with the P5+1 in July 2015. In May 2018, however, the US, under former president Donald Trump, pulled out of the deal and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran, in a bid to cripple the country’s economy and bring the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table to hammer out a new nuclear deal.
Mainly targeting Iran’s oil and banking sectors, being part of Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, the sanctions failed to achieve the desired result; however, they inflicted harm on the country’s economy and prevented the government from continuing the growing economic trend which had begun following the implementation of the JCPOA in January 2016.
In an address to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that, in a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations, he had written that the chronicle of US breaches of its promises will be published in the form of a book, sooner or later.
He added, “In a letter to António Guterres two weeks ago, I wrote that we have recorded the US breaches of promises in a chronicle and it will be published in the form of a book sooner or later. This shows that we have made our efforts; but factors beyond the control of the government and outside the country prevented us from achieving our desired result,” IRNA reported.
In a ceremony slated for Tuesday, President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi will officially become the eighth president of the Islamic Republic.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei will deliver a speech at the ceremony.