President Hassan Rouhani's Message on the Occasion of Persian New Year

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the country seeks to achieve an economic growth rate of five percent during the new Iranian calendar year, which started on March 20.

“We can achieve a five-percent economic growth rate through collective efforts; a growth which would be higher than that of all our neighboring countries,” Rouhani said in his annual message to the Iranian nation on the occasion of the Persian New Year early on Sunday.

He added that such a growth would result in economic prosperity and job creation, saying, “What is important to our entire nation is to achieve sustainable employment and this task will start, God willing, in the next year" through the implementation of the administration's special plan, dubbed ‘JCPOA 2’.”

By using the acronym JCPOA 2, Rouhani was alluding to a comprehensive plan drawn up by his administration to spur the country’s economic growth. The plan has been named after Iran's historic nuclear agreement with five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was clinched last July in Austria’s capital city, Vienna. The JCPOA effectively put an end to all economic sanctions imposed on Tehran over its peaceful nuclear program. Implementation of the JCPOA, which started in January 2016 provided Iran with new opportunities to engage in economic cooperation with the world.

The president added that JCPOA 2 will initiate joint national action inside the country by fostering reconciliation and empathy among all groups.

He said the Iranian nation succeeded in scoring great victories last year and turning the nuclear program, which was considered as "a no-go area" by the rest of the world, into a valuable activity, which has been recognized by everybody.

Rouhani emphasized that empathy enabled the Iranian to do away with sanctions and provide new grounds for economic work.

“Banking, financial, monetary, oil, petrochemical, insurance, transportation and all nuclear sanctions were lifted and conditions became more prepared for our nation’s economic activity,” Rouhani said.

The Iranian President also said the Persian New Year or Nowruz carries the message of peace and coexistence, stressing that the occasion should be seized to strengthen friendship among neighboring states.

“Nowruz is the festival of moderation and the most ancient dynamic tradition in our common history,” Rouhani said in separate messages to his counterparts from nine regional countries on the occasion of the New Year.

He added that the tradition of Nowruz helps the regional countries enhance friendly relations and peaceful coexistence, especially under the climate created by the historic nuclear agreement that led to the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.

The Iranian president further expressed hope that the new year would be full of prosperity and happiness for the nine Asian nations marking Nowruz.

Source: Press TV

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