TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said here on Wednesday economy and culture are the two most important issues that the government needs to address.
Speaking during a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, his cabinet ministers and the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the Leader offered solutions for the two problems.
In the area of economy, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the administration to pay more attention to domestic production as "the key to solving the country's problems".
As U.S. sanctions have targeted Iran’s economy, Ayatollah Khamenei has repeatedly emphasized "resistance economy” and relying on internal forces.
The Leader also advised the administration to rid the country of its dependence on oil revenues as its main source of income.
Ayatollah Khamenei demanded a "change in attitudes toward producers as the "combatants of the economic war" and a "move toward economic progress as a means of restoring justice and eliminating poverty".
In the area of culture, the Leader called on the administration to "open up the cultural atmosphere" and at the same time follow a "serious and intelligent confrontation" with the "infiltration of the enemy” and "cultural onslaught against religious, revolutionary and ethical principles".
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the current administration has still two more years "to serve the nation," and called on state officials to prioritize the problems they need to tackle, as these problems are affecting low-income segment of the population.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that easy access to oil revenue has caused long-lasting problems for Iran and hindered its progress.
Even when there are no sanctions, Western powers control the market through pricing and limiting purchases in order to influence oil producers by exerting pressures on them, the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched on Iran’s current situation, saying all enemy plots against the country have been in vain over the past 40 years.
"You should not fear the enemy because this enemy has existed since the dawn of the Islamic Republic and has done anything it could but failed,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
"America, Europe and even the defunct Soviet Union have done anything they could against the Islamic Republic over the past 40 years but they failed. Indeed, they caused harm and trouble but have not been able to hamper the Islam establishment’s progress,” he added.
Hailing the achievements and progress made by the country in political, defense and economic sectors, Ayatollah Khamenei said the enemy cannot do a damn thing against Iran, reiterating the Islamic Republic's next 40 years will be better ?for Iran but worse for the enemies.
The Leader also expressed concern about tensions in Kashmir, urging India to follow a fair policy with respect to people of the Muslim-majority region.
"We maintain good relations with the Indian government, but the Indian government is expected to adopt a fair policy toward the decent people of Kashmir so that the Muslim people of the region are not put under pressure.”
The Leader described the current situation in Kashmir and the dispute between India and Pakistan over the region as the ensuing result of Britain’s "malicious measures” when it departed the Indian subcontinent.
"To prolong the conflict in Kashmir, the British intentionally left this wound [open] in the region,” the Leader said.
President Rouhani said at the meeting that if Iran’s oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before.
"World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran’s oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways can’t have the same security as before,” Rouhani said.
"So unilateral pressure against Iran can’t be to their advantage and won’t guarantee their security in the region and the world.”