0420 GMT June 30, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said since taking office in August, his administration has focused efforts on increasing interactions with the world, particularly the neighboring states.
Raeisi made the remark in a Friday meeting with senior Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli in the northern province of Qom, stressing the need to improve Iran’s international relations, IRNA reported.
Commenting on his administration’s efforts to improve the country’s economic conditions, the president said all national capacities are required to be used to reduce people’s livelihood problems.
He added over the past few months, his administration has managed to increase exports to neighbors by up to 40 percent.
Raeisi said neighboring states are interested in importing Iranian agricultural and industrial products.
Turning to the widespread public vaccination against COVID-19 in the country, the president noted when his administration took office, average daily fatalities stood at 700; whereas at present, the situation has become much more favorable.
Raeisi added following the improvement of the country’s COVID-19 situation, schools and universities managed to resume providing in-person education.
Budget deficit elimination
Speaking in a meeting with another senior Iranian cleric, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, on the same day, Raeisi said eliminating the budget deficit is among the administration’s main concerns.
He added unlike the former administration under ex-president Hassan Rouhani, the present one does not borrow from the Central Bank of Iran, noting that the government is fighting on two fronts: Minimizing the negative impacts of U.S. sanctions and lifting them.
Through making maximum use of the country’s capacities, the president said, it would be possible to achieve an economic growth of eight percent.
Commenting on Qom’s special status in the Muslim world, Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi said launching the city’s airport is among the necessities given that Qom belongs to all Muslims across the globe, is home to Hazrat Masoumeh's (PBUH) holy shrine, the Holy Mosque of Jamkaran and Islamic Seminary and millions of people travel to it annually.
Calling for reforming the country’s banking system, he added people are not satisfied with domestic banks.
Citing abusing imports by some people and smuggling as the root causes of soaring prices in the domestic market, Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi insisted that such problems are required to be resolved completely.
Raeisi arrived in Qom on Thursday as part of his regular provincial visits. The trip to Qom was the president’s 13th provincial visit.