Presidential candidate Rezaei vows to better Iran ties with region

Presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei addresses people in Fatemiyeh Mosque of Bandar Abbas port city in southern Iran on May 27, 2013.

Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei says strengthening ties with regional countries will be the priority of his administration’s foreign policy if he gets elected.

In a televised interview on Monday, Rezaei said he plans to bypass the current sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic and avoid new sanctions by enhancing relations with regional countries.

“We will establish an Asian union by inviting the leaders of regional countries,” Rezaei stated.

The presidential candidate, who is currently the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, added that he plans to reduce inflation by addressing issues such as the budget deficit, economic sanctions, domestic production and subsidies.

Stressing his intention to continue certain economic policies such as the subsidy reform plan, Rezaei said he would add 650,000 rials to the amount of subsidies currently being paid to the people.

Rezaei is facing five rivals, namely, President of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research Hassan Rohani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

Two other candidates, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel withdrew their candidacy bids earlier.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. This year’s election will be held on June 14.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

By Press TV

 

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