Foreigners no cure for country: Presidential candidate

IRNA – One of the candidate of the upcoming presidential election underlined importance of reviving the economy relying on domestic capacities and stressed that foreigners cannot cure the country.

Ebrahim Raeisi, 56, made the remarks on Saturday evening while addressing a gathering of his supporters in this northwestern Iranian provincial capital city.

He referred to agriculture and industry as two important fields that can create jobs for Iranians.

The country’s “potentials should be revived” in order to improve the conditions of domestic production and prepare the grounds for provide employment, he added.

Pointing to the slogan of his campaign, “We can,” Raeisi stressed the inevitable necessity for sustainable revival of the Lake Orumiyeh (Urmia), the world’s sixth largest saltwater lake which is dying due to years of man-made disruption including the frenzy of 60 years of dam-building to the massive over-use of feeding rivers.

At the end, Raeisi said that preparing the grounds for expansion of exports is the most important part of a successful diplomacy.
Raeisi is the current custodian of Razavi holy shrine in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi. During his election campaign speeches he said that agriculture and housing top his priorities.

He added that he would use agriculture and housing sectors as driving forces to advance Iran’s economy.

“I have a compiled program for improvement of country’s economy and resolution of economic problems in particular the unemployment,” he said while speaking the third and last group debate which was brocast live from state TV on May 12.

Raeisi and five other candidates (Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former minister of culture and Islamic guidance Mostafa Mirsalim and former minister of physical education Mostafa Hashemi Taba) are to run for presidency on May 19.