Raeisi: Iran’s economy should be fortified against sanctions, other shocks
Presidential candidate Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi says he has set an agenda for securing a removal of the sanctions imposed on the Iranian nation, emphasizing the need for the country’s economy to be fortified in the face of both sanctions or any other shock that may hit.
Raeisi, the Judiciary chief, told reporters on Wednesday that the Iranian administration should do all in its power “to confront those who seek to breach the Iranian nation’s rights and pursue the removal of the sanctions.”
“Definitely, action should be taken to [bring about] the removal of the sanctions, and the strategy [to do so] is already there,” he said. “Iran’s economy should be built in a way that neither sanctions nor any other shocks, from the coronavirus to flooding and incidents, can shake it.”
Iran has been the subject of tough American sanctions over the past decades. The US, however, tightened the economic restrictions in May 2018, after it withdrew a multinational nuclear agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.
Raeisi said the current economic conditions in the country was “unacceptable” since the people are not able to predict their financial situation due to constant fluctuations.
‘People should have no worries for healthcare costs’
Elsewhere, Raeisi said efforts should be made to allay the people’s concerns over high healthcare prices by increasing the administration’s share in paying the costs.
The people currently have to pay 43 percent of healthcare costs, an amount that should be lowered, he added.
To that effect, Raeisi said, “green credit cards” should be devised to help the people cover their healthcare costs and resolve issues over admission to hospital and treatment.
“We have to give credibility to health insurance cards, and the next stage would be developing supplementary insurance to soothe the people’s concerns over healthcare costs,” Raeisi added.