Ahmadinejad to ‘continue serving Iran’

Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will continue serving the Islamic Republic after he leaves office.

Speaking to a group of journalists at a Wednesday event he hosted at the Presidential Office in Tehran, President Ahmadinejad said that he will continue to help out wherever it is necessary after leaving office (in 10 days).

He also thanked all the journalists who followed and covered his administration’s activities in the past eight years, emphasizing that both those who agreed with his administration and those who opposed and criticized its performance in the Iranian press “were all working toward the lofty objectives and the sacred ideal of the Islamic Revolution.”

“We have worked side-by-side to hoist the flag of monotheism and justice, and for this reason, I sincerely thank all the journalists who endured many troubles in the past eight years,” said President Ahmadinejad.

Responding to the praise of journalists for his efforts and cooperation with journalists during his 8-year tenure, Ahmadinejad said what he had achieved during his years in office seemed small in comparison to what Iranian martyrs, war veterans, disabled veterans and the nation of Iran have achieved.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian president said that, while taking part in press conferences during official foreign visits, he was often asked how he attended various press briefings without fear and prior preparation.

“My response to them was,” said Ahmadinejad, “that’s because we believe in what we say and do not intend to lie, so there is no need for the kind of preparation that is customary in the West.”

During the event, the president also praised 13 reporters, photographers and cameramen for their exceptional coverage of the administration’s performance.

By Press TV


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