Supreme Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the necessity for cutting the country’s dependence on oil revenues.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in Tehran on Wednesday, addressing a large number of Iranians from the Central city of Qom.
“The country’s officials and government shouldn’t pin hope on the aliens and they should know that even one step of retreat will lead to the enemy’s advance; therefore, we should have fundamental thoughts, rely on the nation and internal forces, and act in a way that even if the enemy doesn’t lift the sanctions, people’s progress, flourishing and welfare won’t be hurt,” he underscored.
“You should take the weapon of sanctions from the enemy because if you pin hope on the enemy, the sanctions will remain, as today the Americans say flagrantly that even if Iran withdraws in the nuclear issue, the sanctions will not be lifted all together and at once,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“I am not opposed to negotiations, but I believe that we should pin hope on really promising points and not imaginations,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei predicted a completely bright future for the country, and said Iranian officials are making strong efforts for the country’s advancement and all people should help the government.
In relevant remarks early March, Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with economic activists, elites and state officials in Tehran explained the root cause of Iran’s turn to the Resistance Economy as well as the specifications, features and components of such an economic model.
Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated on the reasons and incentives for the adoption of the economy of resistance, and said, “Abundant material and non-material capacities of the country, treatment of chronic and lasting economic problems, confrontation against sanctions and immunizing the country’s economy against global economic crises” are the reasons why such a model should be practiced in Iran.
He further noted that the components of the resistance economy are “creating movement and dynamicity in the country’s economy and improving macroeconomic indicators”, “ability to resist against threatening factors”, “reliance on internal capacities”, adoption of a “Jihadi approach”, “people-centeredness”, “reforming consumption patterns”, “campaign against corruption” and adoption of “knowledge-based approach”.
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the sanctions imposed by the western powers against Iran due to its peaceful nuclear program, and said the country should strengthen its economy in a way that no boycott and embargo could ever leave a negative impact on it so easily.