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President during opening ceremony of phases 15, 16 of South Pars:

Gov’t determined to finalise all phases of South Pars by the end of year 1396/Year 1395 to become the year of economic growth

President Rouhani delivered a speech during the opening ceremony of phases 15 and 16 of South Pars gas field and said that government is determined to finalise all phases of South Pars by the end of year 1396 (early 2018).

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He also described the opening of these phases by Iranian engineers as the symbol of cooperation and coordination among various executive and operational organisations of the country.

He continued: “Opening phases 15 and 16 of South Pars gas filed proved that the nation’s resolve is unswerving against the conspiracy of great powers’ sanctions”.

Stating that the government is doing its job with $30 oil and not $147, he said: “Conspiracies will not cause the 11th government will not abandon its promises to the nation and we will witness lift of sanctions in the coming days”.

On the significance of the inauguration of the plans, he added: “While oil producers and exporters are facing a plight because of drop in oil prices, we will soon submit a budget bill to the parliament including only 25 per cent oil-based revenues”.

“The great nation of Iran, with their resistance and strength and guidance from the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, could pass through the difficult path of sanctions” Dr Rouhani added.

He also said: “This great nation did great work and showed its neighbours and the world that it can cross all difficult bridges and moor the ship of the country to the safe shores”.

“Despite all difficulties this year, economic growth of the country will be positive and I assure the people of Iran that next year (1395) will be the year of economic growth” added Rouhani.

On the coming elections, he continued: “The voters’ turnout will be extraordinary”.

“Elections should demonstrate free, moral, wise, and tactful competitions” he continued, saying that elections are not to be a place to taint anybody’s image or lie about anything for these lies will be revealed to people.

Saying that Iran will be on its way to economic independence, he added: “The country will grow its wealth through technology, productivity, and its youths’ hard work”.

President continued: “Resistive Economy is not based on foreigners’ development, rather it is based on youths’ talents”.

“We will not reach anywhere by extremist measures because destroying and setting things on fire is easy; but creating and bringing prosperity” he said referring to unwise measures which led to implementation of sanctions.

He also stressed the need to exercise science and knowledge, wisdom, logic, cooperation, coordination, integrity, and unity to overcome difficulties.

Dr Rouhani also addressed the issue of air pollution and said that the government is doing its best to decrease air pollution.

“Despite stagnation propaganda by some, during the difficult economic conditions and drought, all areas including agriculture have witnessed growth” President Rouhani said.

Appreciating all managers and people who are working in the projects, especially Gharargah Sazandegi-ye Khatam al-Anbia (Ghorb) as well as the people of Bushehr province.

Before President’s speech, the Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh briefed him on the process of the two massive projects.

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