Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 2
By Farhad Daneshvar - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to give support for entrepreneurs and the country's private sector.
President Rouhani said the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan (JCPOA) has removed obstacles against the progress of Iranian nation.
The international sanctions imposed by the West against Iran over its nuclear program were effective, Rouhani said in a live televised interview with the state-run TV IRIB1.
Saying that the world is interested in doing business activities with Iran, he added that Iran's delegation on his recent trip to EU comprised of industry leaders, senior managers and strategists from the private sector.
He said that Iran has been hosting many trade delegations over the past year adding Asian states such as China and India are of high importance for Iran.
Saying that Iran should depend on non-oil exports, he added that the administration will not pay-off the prices of Airbus aircraft from oil revenues.
Our strategy is no longer one of the past to sell oil and import end products, but rather to attract foreign investment, he added.
There is no restriction against entrepreneurs from the US to do business activities in Iran. Iran would like to cooperate with the world, Rouhani said.
However, we will not forget those friends who helped us in sanctions era, he added.
He further called for luring foreign investment in the sectors of tourism, aviation and transport in Iran.
He touched upon recent tensions between Turkey and Russia and called on Moscow and Ankara for calming down and resolving the tensions.
Rouhani addressed the nation on the occasion of the "Ten Days of Dawn" celebrating the 37th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution when the revolution leader Ayatollah Khomeini returned to the country after almost 15 years of exile.