TEHRAN (Iran News) – President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said that petrochemical and steel industries play a vital role in the promotion of production and in exports of non-oil products.
Rouhani referred to the producers and activists of petrochemical and steel industries as a forerunner of Iran’s important economic and export front stressing that presently exports of petrochemical and steel sectors have surpassed crude sales, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
Rouhani made the remarks on July 27 in a meeting with the producers and activists of the country’s a petrochemical and steel industries.
He emphasized that self-reliance on valuable products of the petrochemical and steel sectors is an important achievement for the country.
Iran has invested $14 billion for the advancement of the second phase of improving the petrochemical sector, Rouhani said.
He appreciated efforts made by those active in the two sectors, noting that his government is proud to stand against US sanctions and foreign pressures thanks to the resistance, support, and efforts of all producers, investors, and entrepreneurs, especially those in the steel and petrochemical chains.
The President said that the efforts for the development of the country and the surge in production will continue this year and next year, adding, “With the opening of new projects in the petrochemical and steel sectors in the coming weeks and months, we will witness the process of the great development of the country and a jump in production.”
Referring to the economic war waged on Iran by enemies, the president said they thought Tehran would ask for negotiations two or three months after being pressured by tough sanctions and economic war, however, it was them who have repeatedly asked for negotiation themselves despite imposing harshest sanctions on the country during the past 27 months.
“Their sanctions are economic terrorism, and now they waged medicinal terrorism against the Iranian nation even during the coronavirus pandemic,” said the president.
Stressing that Tehran has “no problem with negotiating” or is not seeking to put up a show, Rouhani added, “First, they have to put an end to the illegal action and lift the sanctions. This is not a precondition but a fact.”
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews