President: The American virus of sanctions and coronavirus cannot bring the great nation of Iran to its knees
During the inauguration ceremony of several national projects in the provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan and Bushehr, the President stressed that the US sanctions virus and coronavirus cannot bring the great nation of Iran to its knees, and the opening of these projects shows their failure.
Speaking on Thursday at the inauguration ceremony of national projects of Sistan and Baluchestan province and starting the operation of installing the platform and developing phase 11 of South Pars, Dr Hassan Rouhani said, "None of these viruses can stop us; Production will continue, and we will do our best to ensure that the goal set by the Supreme Leader this year for surge in production is implemented and operational".
Stating that the Iranian nation is proud and will be more proud, and that we will overcome these problems well, the president said, "We will not let a smile sit on the faces of the White House tyrants and we will do something that they always see grief in their wrong political path".
Dr Rouhani stated, "We will not only overcome these problems well, but we will also help others. We are always friends of the oppressed and friends of the Palestinian people".
Parts of President Hassan Rouhani's speech is as follows:
In the name of God
Congratulations to the dear and honourable people of Iran on the arrival of Eid al-Fitr, and also on the very important day of Quds, which will be tomorrow, and we all celebrate this great day, which is one of the of important things that the Late Imam Khomeini has left for us.
Today, I am very happy that two very important things were done in two provinces, Sistan and Baluchistan province, which had important projects of the Ministries of Energy and Agriculture Jihad, and our people saw that drinking water in various sectors as well as 46,000 hectares of agricultural lands of Sistan will be provided with modern irrigation.
These lands provide our people with nearly 960,000 tonnes of food and will create a good employment in the Sistan region. Of course, there are similar projects for the Baluchistan region, and the province of Sistan and Baluchistan is very important to us.
The Eleventh and Twelfth Governments had very important projects in Sistan and Baluchistan, one of which is the 46,000-hectare project in the Sistan and Zabul region. A very important project we had in Sistan and Baluchistan was to revive and activate our important port in Chabahar.
Development is still ongoing and some of its important phases have been put into operation in the 11th and 12th governments.
Sistan and Baluchistan is a very important province for our country. In terms of national security, it is one of our most sensitive provinces. It is well known that Chabahar and Sistan and Baluchistan province are the forefront of Iran's national security.
Sistan and Baluchistan is a province that borders our two very good neighbours, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Sistan and Baluchistan has very valuable mines.
Sistan and Baluchistan is also the main route connecting the south to the north, the same transit corridor that stretches from south to north must pass through Sistan and Baluchistan and Chabahar.
Our ocean port in Iran is in Chabahar. This is our only ocean port and it is very important, and from this route we can connect the Indian Ocean region and the African region to Central Asia and the CIS region. Very important steps have been taken and I very much wish to open a large part of the Chabahar-Zahedan railway, at least to Iranshahr, in this government.
I wish success to the people of Sistan and Baluchistan, the people worked very hard for the security of Sistan and Baluchistan. In this government, both the 11th and 12th Governments, a good security is on our borders in Sistan and Baluchistan, and this security was -and is- largely provided by the people themselves and is still being provided. Shiite and Sunni unity is very important to us. I thank all the Sunni and Shiite clerics and intellectuals and the provincial officials for the unity, brotherhood and unity that we are witnessing in this province.
But the second point was about the project that we actually saw in Bushehr province. First of all, South Pars was very important to us, it was a very large reservoir that our neighbour Qatar used, although this reservoir was shared, it was not used by Iran.
A total of 10 phases were opened in the region, in South Pars, and I am very happy that 17 phases have been completed and opened in this government, the 11th and 12th governments. One phase is actually left for us now, and that is phase 11.
In fact, we can say that we did what we were supposed to do in South Pars, and only the remaining 11 phases have been delayed a bit because of the presence of foreign companies.
At the beginning of our government in 2013, South Pars used to give us a total of 280 million cubic metres of gas per day, and today this 280 million has reached 700 million cubic metres, and we hope that another 56 million or 50 million cubic metres will be added next year.
We have to thank the engineers, all the knowledge-based companies, the workers and the management of our Ministry of Oil.
Huge work is underway in the west of Karun, a huge task for a new port to export oil instead of the Persian Gulf in the. Those are great projects that have been done, and we are now in the process of completing and finalising the steps that we need to take.
The point I want to make is that our dear nation knows that severe and unprecedented sanctions and pressure cannot affect the dynamism of our nation. The United States cannot bring our nation to its knees, because of the fact that these projects that we are implementing today are happening after two years and a few months of severe sanctions.
Coronavirus and problems like this can't stop our production. Of course, they can be effective, both the American virus and the coronavirus are not ineffective, but neither of these viruses will stop us. We will continue our productions route and will do our best.
This year, the Supreme Leader defined the need for executive and operational steps for surge in production, and we will try to have big inaugurations in our country every week until the end of the year.
In these last days of Ramadan, with the prayers of the people, with the presence, help and self-sacrifice of the people, good steps have been taken in fighting coronavirus, good steps have been taken to increase production, God willing.
With the help of the people, we will continue this path and we will not let a smile sit on the faces of the White House tyrants, and we will make them see grief in their wrong political path.
Our nation is proud and will be more proud, and we will overcome these problems well, and God willing, we will help others as well.
Peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings