May 27, 2020 14:21 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 27, 2020 17:39 Asia/Tehran]

Tehran (IP) - President Rouhani stressed that the Americans want to interfere in the normal trade between Iran and a friendly country in carrying an oil product, and this is something that has nothing to do with them and is not compatible with any law.

Iran Press/Iran News: Speaking at a meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday, Hassan Rouhani reacted to the recent remarks by the US officials regarding Iran's oil cargo sent to Venezuela and said: "In addition to the spread of a contagious disease, we also face severe sanctions. The Americans also want to interfere in the normal trade between Iran and a friendly country in carrying an oil product, and this is something that has nothing to do with them and is not compatible with any law."

The Islamic Republic of Iran has sent five fuel tankers to support the Venezuelan government and people, which are under US economic sanctions. The Iranian tanker Petunia crossed the Caribbean Sea earlier on Tuesday, following the same route as vessels Fortune and Forest. The Fortune arrived on Monday at a port serving PDVSA’s El Palito refinery.

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The President congratulated the Iranian people on Eid al-Fitr, saying: "In these months, along with the difficulties that existed with the people, but unity, cooperation, support of the people, self-sacrifice and devotion of the country's medical sector and the presence of the armed forces to help the people had many positive effects and improved Iran's position in these conditions."

Referring to the achievements of the medical staff, the support of the people, the country's management, and the presence of producers in various sectors in recent months, Rouhani said: "Today, there has been a great development in cyberspace and we have strong cyberspace in the country. This makes it easy for us to do our business without leaving home, including banking and shopping."

He said that one of the important tasks of the government is to complete the e-government by the end of the year, adding, "Fortunately, good steps have been taken in this direction and tomorrow offices related to the development of cyberspace will be opened in the country.”

"This trend could help us control the disease in the future," he said, referring to the impact of cyberspace development and e-health records on treatment and screening.

Government to work with the Parliament for resolving people’s problems

President Hassan Rouhani said: "Majlis representatives, regardless of the faction and political thought they belong to, know well what conditions the country is in now, and our responsibility as the government is to work with the Parliament for resolving people’s problems.”The President added: 

Rouhani emphasized: "As I said at the inauguration ceremony of the 11th parliament, our proposal for this one year is coordination and victory, and we want to have very strong ties with the parliament.”

Referring to the outbreak of coronavirus, the President said: "Despite these conditions, according to the report of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance the export of our essentials grew by 21 percent in weight and accounted for $1.7 billion in foreign exchange compared to last year.”

Rouhani added: "People can be confident that the government's economic sector will make every effort to export goods, import foreign currency into the country and distribute goods fairly to the target sectors.”

Pointing out that it is not easy to finance the country this year, given the situation we are in, the President said: "With the good planning that has been done, we will be able to implement this year's budget well without borrowing from the central bank."

Government to strengthen the stock market

Rouhani added: "Apart from the tax and revenue sector, we will also have an active stock market, and all government departments must sell their shares in the stock market in order to strengthen the stock market."

Stating that the central bank's move to anticipate and target inflation is very important, President Rouhani said: "The central bank plays a key role in controlling inflation and creating financial discipline in the country.”

Pointing out that the country's non-oil exports had problems in the first two months of this year due to the spread of coronavirus, the President said: "Fortunately, this disease is somewhat controlled in our country and the region and the borders are gradually opening and export is being carried out."

Expressing hope that we will see the control of coronavirus in the country in the future by observing health protocols, Rouhani said, "Of course, we must continue to follow the instructions and maintain the distance as long as the country's health officials emphasize it."

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