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President at cabinet session:

Majlis belongs to everyone; everyone must cooperate with it/ Praising people's attendance in elections/ We're trying to control coronavirus in shortest time possible/ Great Iranian nation didn't deserve to be placed in an int'l body's list

President appreciated people's attendance in the parliamentary elections and stressed that once this parliament starts working next year, it is everybody's Majlis and everybody must cooperate with it, and they must cooperate with all institutions.

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Sun 23 - February 2020 - 19:44

Speaking in a cabinet session on Sunday evening, President Hassan Rouhani said, "In one of the toughest times of the life of the Islamic Revolution and in tough economic, social and political times, the Iranian nation took to the ballot box and decided for their own future to honour elections and defend their own "right to choose"".

"We need to keep the institution of elections in Iran alive, and despite the results and the elected persons' political views, I appreciate people's attendance," said Rouhani, adding, "As the President does not represent only the 24 million people who voted for him, but the entire 41 million voters and the entire Iranian nation, the Majlis is everybody's representative from its inauguration day".

He added, "Now people expect the respectful representatives to act based on national interests and rights of the entire Iranian nation. Based on the constitution, every representative in the Majlis is responsible towards not only their constituency, but also the entire Iranian nation".

The President also went on to say, "From its first day in office, the Government of Prudence and Hope wanted to increase competition in elections by defending the right to attendance, and despite some strict approaches, it attempted to increase political attendance in its overt and covert negotiations".

"I would like to thank all those who worked hard to hold the elections across the country. I would also like to thank the Police for maintaining security and the media for covering the elections closely," he said.

Dr Rouhani also referred to coronavirus and said, "We assure people that we will do all we have in our power to protect people's health and in doing so, we have immediately formed the headquarters for combatting and preventing it".

Stating that all governmental bodies, the Armed Forces and public institutions will do whatever they can, he said, "Our aim is to control the disease in the shortest time possible with the least possible casualties. The Ministry of Health and Medical Education is responsible for this, and any arbitrary actions by other individuals or bodies will not be tolerated whatsoever".

In another part of his speech, the President Referred to the recent move by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and said, "In the case of the FATF, the government and Majlis had clear views and they did all executive measures and approved all four bills, including Palermo and CFT. The government wanted to announce the serious decision of the state in fighting money laundering and organised crimes and financing terrorism".

"We were trying not to let America and the Zionist Regime announce us as the violator of these actions despite the fact that we are pioneer of fighting money laundering and terrorism," said the President.

He added, "Any way, the FATF took the undecidedness of a group, which is out of the authority of the government and the parliament, as pretext to make a decision against the interests of the Iranian nation, and as it was expected, it made the US happy, justifying intensification of unjust, inhumane sanctions".

"Now is the time for those who gave America the pretext to come and take the accountability for their unprofessional stances," said the Dr Rouhani.

He said that the Central Bank and economic and trade bodies have made the necessary planning for trade under sanctions and are trying to minimise its negative effects on our international trade, saying, "Of course, the United States' sanctions are more limiting than those of the FATF, but the government was trying not to let their decision authorise the US government to put more pressure on our trade partners".

President Rouhani added, "The great Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic did not deserve to be placed in an international body's countermeasures list while we are pioneers of fighting terrorism and money laundering".

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