Iran sees 14% growth in its trade with neighbors: President Raisi

President Ebrahim Raisi has announced that Iran has experienced a 14% increase in its trade exchange with neighboring countries since the current government took office in August 2021.

During a press conference held in Tehran on Monday morning, President Raisi announced that Iran’s presence in markets across Latin America, Africa, and Asia has increased over the past two years. This was the third press briefing held by the Iranian president since he took office over two years ago.

President Raisi also mentioned Iran’s recent accession to the BRICS emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, as well as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). He stated that these moves have thwarted efforts by Iran’s enemies to isolate the country.

The event is being covered by over 250 domestic and foreign correspondents, journalists, photographers, and cameramen. The press conference is being held on the occasion of National Government Week, which began across Iran on August 24th. The purpose of the conference is to provide reports on the administration’s performance and to answer questions from reporters.

Iran has not left the negotiating table

Asked by the correspondent of RT (the Russian TV news network) whether it is true that the sole solution for saving Iran’s economy is to get close to the Western states or not, President Raisi said that the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy is not limited to the issue of removal of the sanctions, but it includes relations with the neighbors and membership in the regional and extra-regional coalitions.

The Islamic Republic has not left the negotiating table; it was the other side that left the table and now is willing to continue the talks with Iran, the president added.

Some say that the only way to solve the problems is to receive a smile from the US and certain European countries, he said, adding, “We’re not waiting for their smile, and we don’t make the economy and people’s lives dependent on their will.”

Tehran pursues ways to lift sanctions; meanwhile, "we're not awaiting their decision for [our] country."

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