Senior Cleric Calls for Easing Investment, Production

Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani urged the Iranian government and parliament to remove barriers which are obstructing more investment and further domestic production in the country.

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people in Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Emami Kashani said that the government and the parliament need to abrogate laws hindering investment and domestic production.

The cleric stressed the need for economic reforms and called on the government and the parliament to intensify their efforts to boost domestic production in line with the instructions of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted in a recent meeting with the Council of Ministers.

Ayatollah Emami Kashani said that the laws should help investors in a bid to boost employment rate.

The Friday Prayers leader added that when businesses and investment flourish, the investors can provide good sources of income to the government through paying taxes.

On March 20, on the advent of the new local calendar year, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei named the Iranian New Year as the year of “Support for Iranian Products” to ask both the nation and the state officials to make industrious efforts to promote domestic production.

In a televised address to felicitate the nation on the advent of the New Persian Year, the leader said improvement of domestic production would be the cornerstone of a better national economy that could lower the rate of unemployment and reduce social vulnerabilities.

Elsewhere in his sermon, Ayatollah Emami Kashani referred to the missile defense system ‘Bavar-373,’ which was unveiled yesterday in a ceremony in Tehran commemorating Iran’s National Defense Industry Day by President Hassan Rouhani, saying that as the name of the defense system (Faith) suggests, Iranian nation can resist the enemies through self-confidence and relying on internal capabilities.

He further ridiculed the attempts by the US and its allies against Iran, calling the US President Donald Trump and his puppet governments in the region ‘foolish’ for thinking that Iran might give in under pressure.

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