In a live television interview, President Hassan Rouhani applauded parliament's approval of the nuclear deal. On October 13, the parliament passed a bill to support implementing the deal, with a vote of 161-59. Rouhani discussed the agreement and its implications for Iran's economy in the interview, warning that it may take time to feel the benefits of sanctions relief. Rouhani had emphasized revitalizing the economy in his 2013 presidential campaign.
The following are excerpted remarks and tweets from Rouhani's television appearance.
“One of the important points in the nuclear negotiations [that led to the agreement] was economic issues. The economy and sanctions were the enemy’s trick to put pressure on the Iranian people.”
Rouhani: our hotels are inundated with foreigners visiting our international conferences and events in Tehran. Everyone's on their way here.— Golnar Motevalli (@golnarM) October 13, 2015
“Iran’s non-oil exports to the neighboring countries is growing; we hope to enjoy good relations with all neighbors in the not too distant future.”
NOW: Rouhani live on state TV talks about Iran economy during past 2 years pic.twitter.com/Ugj4TWfdh8— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) October 13, 2015
“We will give them [i.e., foreign investors] a part of our domestic market in return for [our] having a part of the regional and international market.”
Rouhani: most of the money that's abroad and is set to return to Iran belongs to the Central Bank, some of it belongs to the government— Golnar Motevalli (@golnarM) October 13, 2015
Rouhani: we've started some short-term economic policies to address various problems inc in the stock market and access 2 banking facilities— Golnar Motevalli (@golnarM) October 13, 2015
Rouhani: we've had growth in liquidity but the growth in our monetary base is a different matter and this has been far more difficult matter— Golnar Motevalli (@golnarM) October 13, 2015
Rouhani: This year we had just $25 billion revenues from oil, the lowest level in at least ten years— Golnar Motevalli (@golnarM) October 13, 2015
“Enemies imposed sanctions on our oil and banking processes; Iran’s revenue from oil sales was 119 billion dollars in 2011 and fell to 72 billion dollar in 2014.”