News ID: 323656
Published: 0311 GMT August 21, 2022

MP: U.S. hegemony defeated by regional states’ close cooperation

MP: U.S. hegemony defeated by regional states’ close cooperation

International Desk

Close cooperation among regional countries has led to the failure of the hegemonic policies of the United States and the West in the region, said an Iranian MP.

Making the remark in an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, Lotfollah Siahkali, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Industries and Mines Committee, added the foreign strategy followed by the administration of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi over the past year has been prioritizing expansion of brotherly relations with neighbors.

He noted that enhancement of cooperation among regional countries and using national currencies in trade transactions can lead to a reduction in dependence on the dollar and Western-imposed financial pressures.

The lawmaker said Iran has already started using national currencies in trade exchanges with some neighboring and friendly countries, such as Russia, which will produce positive outcomes.

He added that paying attention to neighbors is of great importance to the Islamic Republic as the number of states having a common border with Iran is remarkable and most of them need the country in different sectors, saying Iran also needs its neighbors.

Siahkali noted that in addition to its rich resources, Iran has a good status and is a pioneering country in the exports of techno-engineering services, listing the fields where the Islamic Republic has enhanced capabilities and can contribute to its neighbors in the construction of dams and power plants as well as electricity generation.

The parliamentarian added that exporting such services to neighboring states can help Iran generate good foreign currency revenues and boost employment in the country.

The MP noted that recently, Venezuela requested Iran to construct a power plant in the country, also saying that Oman needs Iran’s gas and electricity.

“At present, countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Central Asian states are in dire need of Iran’s techno-engineering services. Even countries such as Pakistan and Türkiye need Iran’s assistance in some sectors.”

He said the Raeisi administration’s strategy of expanding cooperation with neighbors has produced favorable results as is manifest in the restlessness of the United States and Western countries for reviving a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

This comes as the member of Parliament stressed that the United States and Western countries were the ones to distance themselves from the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He said the West has realized that its cruel coercive measures are no longer effective and has understood that Iran’s strategy of developing ties with neighbors has played an undeniable role in the neutralization of the sanctions.

As a matter of fact, Siahkali added, Iran’s increased interaction with its neighbors has helped it circumvent the isolation the West sought to impose on the country.

At present, he said, Iran is among the world’s advanced countries in the production of spare parts and is capable of manufacturing the most complicated industrial parts, adding this comes as the country was almost incapable of making such products prior to the victory of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and during the Iraqi-imposed war (1980-88).

Turning to the performance of Raeisi’s cabinet, the lawmaker emphasized that those sections of the administration that have acted in concord with the president’s policies and approaches have been successful, noting, however, that there are sections that have failed to keep up with Raeisi’s pace.

“I maintain that the administration’s economic sectors can undergo some changes.”

He described the Raeisi administration’s elimination of subsidies on foreign currencies as a great achievement and brave move, saying the measure should have been implemented much sooner.

Siahkali praised Raeisi for his incessant and round-the-clock efforts over the past year, saying the number of provinces he has visited in this period is unprecedented.



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