Khamenei Calls for Economic Roadmap to Face Sanctions

Khamenei Calls for Economic Roadmap to Face Sanctions

Monday, 16 July, 2018 - 06:45
Photo released by the website of the supreme leader during his meeting with cabinet members in Tehran on Sunday.
London - Adil Al-Salmi
Iranian Supreme leader Ali Khamenei has asked the government to draft a roadmap to overcome the likely return of US economic sanctions in the next 10 days.

Khamenei called on Sunday for a surprise meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet to discuss the latest economic turmoil following the rapid fall of Iran's currency and a public outcry over price gouging.

Iranian media outlets said the Supreme leader asked the cabinet to prepare a “stable economic roadmap” to solve the country’s economic problems by relying on the policies of the “Resistance Economy.”

Khamenei called on strengthening the private sector and dealing firmly with lawbreakers, adding that the administration should oversee financial transactions to prevent smuggling and money laundering.

“I strongly believe that if the government takes the necessary measures, it will be able to overcome problems and defeat the US conspiracy,” Khamenei said, according to his website.

Tackling the country’s foreign issues, the supreme leader said European states are obligated to provide necessary guarantees with regard to the JCPOA.

However, he added that Iran’s economy must not be tied to this issue.

Khamenei also supported Rouhani’s comments delivered during his last visit to Switzerland from where he threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz.

The supreme leader lauded the “powerful” positions delivered by the Iranian president saying, “Appearing powerful in the face of foreigners, especially Americans is necessary and this step must be taken on time, clearly and firmly.”

He also underlined the necessity of bolstering Iran's diplomatic ties with other eastern and western countries, excluding the US.

During the meeting, Rouhani pledged for the government to implement Khamenei’s recommendations, and again accused Iran’s “enemies” of causing popular concern over the future and of exaggerating expectations.

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