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President Rouhani met with the youths and distinguished figures of East Azerbaijan province and said: “Any problem is solvable with trusting God and people’s support and the government will solve the problems step by step”.
At the meeting that was held late on Wednesday in Tabriz city, the centre of East Azerbaijan province, Dr Rouhani said: “The brave people of Azerbaijan and Tabriz brought independence for our country and taught us the lesson of safeguarding the borders”.
Referring to the people of East Azerbaijan’s contributions and great role in the Sacred Defence era, the President added: “We are always have hope in the people of great Azerbaijan and Tabriz”.
He also mentioned people’s attendance in 2013 presidential election and said: “People’s epic move and unity in 2013 created hope for the country and brought security to the region”.
Our great people hoisted back Iran’s flag over the fleet of tankers again, said Rouhani adding: “It was people’s resolve that resulted in the Iranian nation making a living with money other than oil earnings”.
He also said that once again establishing positive trade balance in the country is unprecedented, adding: “In the 11th government, inflation never surpassed employees’ salary”.
“Our country was once besieged by the world powers but we broke the siege,” continued the President saying: “Once it was the oil buyer who told us what to do and what not to do, but we took back our position in the oil market”.
He also said: “Over the past 3.5 years, 11 phases of South Pars Gas Field were opened and started operation”.
“Any problem is solvable with trusting God and people’s support and the government will solve the problems step by step,” Dr Rouhani said.
He went on to say: “Despite serious budget deficit, the 11th government deposited roughly $40bn in the national development fund”.
Stressing that corruption must be rooted out with everybody’s help and contribution, Dr Rouhani said: “Smuggling has decreased to $15bn from $25bn in recent years”.
He also said that 24,000 enterprises have received loans last year to start working, adding: “During this government’s term of office, 35 dams have been built and opened”.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also said that people have worked together to build a more prosperous country, adding: “We must encourage all people to go to the ballot box”.