The President augmented the Nowruz holidays this year in the middle of two great happy days, the birthdays of Imam Hussein (AS) and the Promised Mahdi (AS), "the savior"and wished a Happy New Year to all the people of Iran. The end of the winter of nature, and the beginning of the time of light and heat and the blossoming and greenness of nature; With the end of a period, hard and difficult times of the life history of the Iranian nation have coincided.
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According to the report of Public Relations and International Affairs of the Educational Research and Planning Organization, quoting the president, Dr. Hassan Rouhani, in his Nowruz message on the occasion of the year 1400 , stated that a winter of hardship and suffering; By the grace God, with the end of winter of nature is coming to an end, and emphasized: Nowruz breeze, this year promises the beginning of a season of prosperity, victory and progress for the Iranian nation. Thanks to this patience and resistance, everything has been prepared for a period of prosperity, construction for Iranians.
The text of the President's Nowruz message is as follows:
in the name God
Happy New beginning of the year 1400 to all the great people of Iran, old and young; Men and women, especially nurses and doctors, and all medical staff; Farmers and workers; and border guards and all the friends of Iran around the world.
I consider the days of Nowruz this year, which happens in the middle of two great happy days, the birthday of Imam Hussein (AS) and the birth of Imam Mahdi, the Imam of Justice and Hope. I congratulate these auspicious days to the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, the great Faqihs and all Muslims.
This year, the end of the winter of nature, and the beginning of the time of light and warmth and the blossoming and greenness of nature; With the end of a period of hardship and difficult times of the life history of the Iranian nation have coincided. Three years of brutal and oppressive economic war against the Iranian nation; A war that no other nation in modern history has experienced will end with the resistance of this nation.
In addition to the severity of the economic war, last year the Iranian nation, like other nations, faced a dangerous virus that doubled the difficulty of sanctions and economic war against Iranians. The Iranian nation entered the battle against Corona, not only was deprived of the usual global aid to combat this epidemic, but also not even had access to its wealth in foreign banks. The sharp drop in oil prices and the oil embargo set the situation in such a way that last year was the worst year in the last 60 years in terms of oil revenues. During the 42 years that have passed since the victory of the revolution, I do not remember a difficult year as we experienced in last year in terms of economic constraints.
But on the other hand; This difficult and cold season, and this great plague, and the simultaneous struggle on several different fronts; Due to the epic of patience and perseverance of the Iranian nation, it became a brilliant and glorious chapter in the history of Iran.
The greatness of this epic can be realized when we know what goal our malicious enemy was pursuing and what plan the enemy had drawn for dear Iran. As they shamelessly spoke of maximum pressure, they sought with all their might the collapse of the Iranian economy. Of course, this pressure was felt with great suffering in people's lives, but it did not exhaust our people. They hit us, but they definitely did not reach their goal. Eventually, they left and Iran remained. Iran's economy remained proud and increased its power. The people of Iran remained and the epic of this nation's unparalleled resistance was immortalized in the history of nations. In a year when the global economy experienced a 3.3 percent decline in output and many of the world's most powerful economies saw negative rates of 5 percent to minus 10 percent, we experienced positive growth of 2.2 percent despite the corona and the imposed economic war. We witnessed the manifestations of the leap of production in the light of prudence and hope. These economy openings were all the result of the openings achieved through constructive engagement with the world, and the exploitation of oil revenues in the National Development Fund which enabled these infrastructural and employment-generating investments.
In the dilemma of these days, the manifestations of empathy and the faithful help of the Iranians, once again portrayed the depth of solidarity and unity of this nation. In the days of the epidemic, maturity and social responsibility of the Iranian nation in observing health practices and lifestyle changes, became one of the manifestations of Iranian civilization.
In the field of health, the great family of health created epics and sacrifices and sacrificed many martyrs. In the production of medical equipment, medicine and vaccines, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and knowledge-based companies flourished and became the pride of the Iranian nation.
We thank the great God that this winter of hardship and suffering; came to an end with the end of nature winter. This year's Nowruz breeze promises the beginning of a season of prosperity, victory and progress for the Iranian nation. By the grace of God and thanks to this patience and resistance, everything has been prepared for a period of prosperity, construction for Iranians.
Today, the ill-wishers of this nation, on the other side of the world, have fallen from the seat of power with disgrace and notoriety, while the Iranian nation, stood proud and lively, while has welcomed the spring of nature and the spring of life.
Today, the enemies of the nation have admitted that the language of force, threats and sanctions cannot be spoken to the great nation of Iran. Therefore, after three years of defeat, they are forced to return to the path of constructive interaction with the Iranian nation.
Today, the Iranian nation has come to welcome the spring of nature and the spring of life, and the valuable investments it has accumulated in these eight years will be the support and baggage of its path during the period of economic opening and flourishing.
During these eight years, we have accumulated valuable political capital in the field of international politics, which has resulted in successive victories at the United Nations, the Security Council, and the Hague Tribunal Court. Today, we have a broad, deep, strategic relationship with the world, and our enemies are isolated and powerless in their positions against us.
In these eight years, despite the fact that we have always been short of financial resources, we have taken great and historic steps in developing the infrastructure needed for the development of the country. In gas production and gas supply, in oil and petrochemical refining, in electricity and water industry, communications and internet; Health, knowledge-based companies have made great and historic leaps to pave the way for the development of the country during the period of opening and prosperity.
In these eight years, agriculture and industry, and our service sector have evolved and are ready to compete in global markets with greater strength and power in the new era.
In these eight years, Iran has shifted from the need to import gasoline and diesel to the position of an exporter; and is on the verge of self-sufficiency in wheat, rice, and sugar; and based on this infrastructure, the country is on the verge of entering a period of prosperity and economic stability, and since last year, water, electricity and gas have been free for low-income families, who have usually low-income.
We had such an experience with everyone for four years since 2014. A period in which, after a deep recession, we witnessed the return of economic growth and prosperity, and even in 2016, Iran achieved the highest economic growth in the world. The period when inflation averaged 11.5 percent and was mostly in single digits. The period that recorded the highest annual record increase in net employment. Such a level of economic stability has not been experienced in the country in the last four decades.
This experience showed us that the Iranian nation is able to achieve economic stability, sustainable single-digit inflation and sustainable economic growth during the period of opening and prosperity, in the first decade of the fifteenth century. Undoubtedly, this goal is available to our nation.
But achieving this goal requires a precise, realistic and hopeful outline of the country's future horizon. We rely on what we have been able to do, and we say; We can. Our achievements are in front of all those who are not afraid to see the truth and do not escape from the fear of light to darkness and blackness. But achieving this clear goal requires national understanding on this common destiny.
Achieving this goal requires the participation of all Iranians in the development process. Attracting capital, knowledge-based economics and strengthening knowledge-based companies should be the focus of our development. The chains must be untied by private sector economic actors. Public and state-owned enterprises must open the way for the real people and the private sector, and leave the business scene in their favor. In this case, investment expands, employment becomes sustainable, and public welfare improves. These must not be the repetition of impossible slogans. The four-year experience of 2014 to 2018 is the best evidence that these requirements are possible. Four years that proved that in this country and in this system, the inaccurate path can be corrected with tact and interaction, the right process can be reconstructed, and the impossible becomes possible.
Achieving this goal requires constructive interaction with the world. Iran can enter into regional and global trade agreements. Iran can be a center of attraction for international investors. Iran can be the most attractive space to benefit from the knowledge and capital of Iranians around the world, and Iran can have extensive, deep and stable trade with the world.
Finally, the necessary condition for achieving these goals is the active and responsible participation of individual Iranians in the field of self-determination.
As the son of this great nation, I have been serving this great nation in various political arenas and various responsibilities since my adolescence and since the beginning of the Islamic movement in 1961, and I have been with the nation in all ups and downs of the history of this nation. I believe that the way to progress and reform in this country, passes only through the path of participation and elections.
Democracy is a national asset and we must safeguard it away from despair and fear, and put aside our frustrations and disagreements, with a strategic view of the future.
These are the people who can choose to flourish or wither. These are the people who can choose to progress or stop. No one but the people of Iran can determine the fate of this nation. It is the divine that changes the situation in any society as to the changes in their souls.
Passionate elections with maximum participation will be a definite precondition for the realization of the aspirations of the Iranian people in the first decade of the fifteenth century.
And now the victorious Nowruz has arrived. Nowruz, which in the high and rising culture of Iranians, is both a symbol of prosperity and vitality and a symbol of spring equinox. The people of Iran have always praised moderation and welcomed prosperity. In their social and political system, too, whenever they experienced moderation with wisdom and prudence, they progressed, and wherever they were attacked by looters, oppressors, and extremists, they withered.
Next year will be the year of widespread access to vaccines and Corona control, and the year of 3 years of resistance and the end of sanctions. We defeated the sanctions once and we will surely defeat the sanctions together again.
At the beginning of the Iranian year1400, I was more hopeful than eight years ago. Because eight years ago, we did not have this glorious experience of 4 years of economic prosperity and global interaction, nor of 3 years of resistance to economic warfare. I very much hope that with the conscious and free presence of the people, in determining their destiny, the year 1400, which is the end of the fourteenth century, will be the end of hardships and the threshold of prosperity, and will open the way for the new century, which is the century of renewing the Iranian nation to spread for their worthy progress. And the world should be better prepared for the emergence of that just and great savior of humanity.
Peace be upon you