BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan.28
Iran's non-oil export during past ten months of the current Iranian year (started March 20,2020) has reached to $28 billion, while the country has imported goods worth $30 billion during this period, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said, Trend reports via IRNA.
Rouhani made the remark during inauguration of irrigation and drainage projects in Golestan Province and west of Sistan and Baluchestan Province and west parts of the country.
"The export of $28 billion could've gone higher, but due to COVID-19 it was held back," Rouhani said.
"Our export was extremely low during the first two months of the current Iranian year (started March 20,2020), we hope to compensate for the losses," he said.
"Hopefully, we would witness self-sufficiency in production of food products and even export of food items, although we are currently exporting food items, we hope the export volume would increase," he said.
"We have been under intense sanctions during the past three years, our financial assets have been blocked, we had problems with exports of oil and gas condensates, and this whole situation made it difficult for us to export other items as well," Rouhani said.