"The solution to the country's economic and political problems cannot be found outside the borders, but the real cure for the problems is inside the country, which is reliance on internal potentials and capabilities," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and other Iranian legislators in Tehran on Sunday.
He underlined the necessity for the parliament and government's serious attention to the Sixth Five-Year Economic, Social and Cultural Development Plan, and described the resistance economy, promotion of revolutionary and religious culture and morale and continuation of the current speedy trend of scientific progress as the main priorities which need to receive prime attention in the plan.
Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated the necessity for continued resistance and fighting against the arrogant powers, and said, "The emphasis placed on continued struggling is not because of the Islamic Republic's warmongering, but because when anyone wants to go through an area where there are too many pirates, he is required by common sense and wisdom to equip himself and find the ability and motivation to defend himself."
He warned that the today world is full of looters who have equipped themselves with scientific and financial resources and power and are very easily committing crimes under some seemingly humanitarian causes, and said that under such conditions, there is no other way but non-stop fighting.
Ayatollah Khamenei said struggling will end when the human community can get rid of the world arrogance, headed by the US.
In relevant remarks in March, Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with economic activists, elites and state officials here 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 economy.
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.
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