Rouhani Appreciates Leader’s Support during 8 Years of His Presidency
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s outgoing President Hassan Rouhani thanked Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei for his support for the government during the past 8 years of his tenure.
Rouhani made the comments during his last meeting as Iran’s president with Ayatollah Khamenei on Wednesday.
The Leader received Rouhani and his cabinet ministers a few days before a new administration is formed in Iran by President-elect Ebrahim Rayeesi.
Rouhani, who spoke before the Leader delivered his speech, presented a report on his administration's record over the past 8 years to the Leader.
He considered economic growth and reduction in inflation rate in the first few years after he took office in 2013 as among one of the greatest achievements of his government, and said, "The enemy sought to cripple the economy and the country with an economic conspiracy in 2018, but it failed," in an apparent reference to US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and starting a Maximum Pressure Campaign against Tehran in May 2018 by the previous US president Donald Trump.
The president pointed to the formation of the High Coordination Council for Economic Affairs at the behest of the Leader as one of his support in 2018 after the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and re-imposing the sanctions to tackle the foreign economic pressures, and noted, amid the sanctions on the oil sales and banking transactions, the country could increase its revenues and meets the domestic needs by boosting the petrochemical, mining and oil and gas industries.
He further noted that by relying on internal resources, the country and his administration could meet the domestic needs for anti-coronavirus vaccines under the pressures of sanctions and the Covid-19 epidemic.
Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday that experience of the nuclear deal with the western states in the past 8 years proved the West is not trustworthy, and advised the new government to take a lesson from the Rouhani administration's talks with West.
“A very important experience in this period (8-year-long presidency of Hassan Rouhani) that the future generations should use is distrust of the West,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the last meeting with Rouhani and his cabinet members in Tehran.
"In this government, it became clear that trust in the West does not work and they do not help, and they strike a blow wherever they can, and if they do not strike somewhere, it is because they cannot," he added.
"Domestic programs should no way be dependent on Western backup, because they will surely fail," Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.
Addressing President Rouhani and members of the government, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Wherever you made things dependent on the West and negotiations with them and the US, you were unsuccessful, and wherever you moved without trusting the West and gave up pinning hope on them, you were successful and went ahead.”
He also referred to the recent Vienna talks, and expressed satisfaction with the efforts of diplomats and the good performance of some of them in these talks.
"In these talks, the Americans stood firm on their stubborn position and did not take a single step forward," the Leader said.
"The Americans say in words and promises that they will lift sanctions, but they did not remove the sanctions and will not lift them. They even set conditions and say that you should add a sentence to the current agreement that certain issues will be discussed later, or else there won't be any agreement."
"By including this sentence, they want to provide an excuse for their future meddling with missile and regional issues through the nuclear deal, and if Iran refuses to discuss them, they will say that we have violated the agreement and there will, hence, be no agreement," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Emphasizing that the Americans’ behavior is completely cowardly and in a malicious manner, he added, "The US has no hesitation about violating its promises and undertakings, just as they once violated the agreement completely without any cost."
"Now that the Americans are being told to guarantee that they will not violate the agreement in the future, they say that they will not give guarantees," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.