Gov't Needs Majlis Backing to Overcome Hurdles

Gov't Needs  Majlis Backing  to Overcome  Hurdles
Gov't Needs  Majlis Backing  to Overcome  Hurdles

President Hassan Rouhani called for increased support by parliament for his government's efforts to address problems.

"In the current year, the government has a tough job ahead and is in need of the Majlis assistance to be able to follow its path (successfully)," IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying.

He made the remarks in an address in a joint meeting of Cabinet members and lawmakers in Tehran on Sunday.

"Under the current conditions, we should further assist one another in resolving the country's problems and helping it develop."

"Harmony and unanimity between the nation and officials will give us courage to stand against any (bullying) power and will definitely bolster our morale to strive to overcome problems," Rouhani said.

"The government has shouldered the heavy burden of dealing with various issues of the country at a critical juncture," he said, adding, "We can resolve the problems with the help of the Majlis and support of the people, which will be a manifestation of the harmony and unanimity emphasized by Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei)."

The Leader named the current Iranian year (started March 21) the year of "Government and Nation; Harmony and Unanimity."

  Critical Stage

Rouhani described the nuclear talks with the major powers as the country's "most important diplomatic negotiations ever," noting that they have reached a "critical" stage.

Stressing that negotiations are an issue that concerns all elements of the Islamic system, he said, "The negotiators are acting based on the framework outlined by the Leader… and the Constitution and the considerations of the Supreme National Security Council."

Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) are negotiating to finalize a deal which would settle a long-drawn-out dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani also addressed the meeting, expressing hope that nuclear talks would produce favorable results.

Pointing to the latest developments in negotiations, he stressed that everyone should act in support of the negotiators. "It is necessary that all officials back the negotiating team."

He urged officials to act more cautiously when addressing differences among themselves over the negotiations.

"It is extremely detrimental to regard each other with suspicion over national matters such as the nuclear issue."

Such suspicion may cause "some to share wrong information with others about a certain official, which can then lead to wrong decisions," Larijani cautioned, adding, "Now we require harmony and unanimity more than ever."

He said there are two points to consider when it comes to safeguarding national interests.

"First, we should improve our economic capabilities within the country, which will ultimately result in an increase in our influence in the region."

"Second, we should appreciate the great security we have in the country. Given the current situation in the region, it is only Iran that enjoys strong security and cohesion," he explained.

"I hope that such meetings will help boost cohesion and cooperation to help solve the country's major problems," Larijani added.