Aug 23, 2020 10:24 UTC
  • Leader: Economy should not be tied to foreign developments

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that the country’s economic future should not be tied to developments in other countries.

“The economic planning for the country should not wait for removal of sanctions or the result of elections in some country,” said Ayatollah Khamenei in video conference remarks addressed to the cabinet on Sunday.

Ayatollah Khamenei further recommended the government to adopt policies that would ensure the country’s smooth access to hard currency resources, including forcing businesses to return proceeds earned from exports and preventing the import of luxury goods.

He also called on the government to pave the way for boosting domestic production and reduce reliance on external sources.

“Production is key to employment, to livelihood, to reducing inflation, and to boosting the national currency’s value; therefore, we need to exert every effort possible regarding domestic production,” he said.

Addressing the cabinet members, the Leader stressed, “Try to remove the production obstacles; many of such issues pertain to excessive imports and inconsistencies in downstream sectors.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader mentioned that the United States’ model of governance has proven “an utter failure.” 

He said, “Human values like health, justice, and security are trampled upon the most in America.”

“The social gap there is horrible, the number of the hungry and the homeless and their ratio [to the overall population] are higher than the conventional [rates of] world countries,” the Leader added.

“According to rivals speaking explicitly in election campaigns, one in five American children suffers from hunger. And additionally, insecurity and crime rate are very high in America,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader said that, apart from those internal and managerial problems, the United States also engaged in such “common practices” as “murder, the waging of wars, and the causing of insecurity” in foreign lands such as Syria, Palestine, Yemen, and formerly in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Hiroshima (Japan).

Ayatollah Khamenei said the presence of individuals at the helm of the US government who are reason for shame for America was another sign of the defeat of the Western-promoted models and decaying utopias.

He contrasted such administrative models with the independent Islamic model for order and social development that is predicated on the three-fold basis of “faith, knowledge, and justice.”