Iranian President calls for unity against sanctions

President Rouhani says Iran needs to unite to free its economy from sanctions

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for national unity to liberate Iran’s economy from sanctions.

In a speech aired Sunday on Iran’s state television, Rouhani said Iran should work towards liberating its economy.

"We must join hands and free our economic territory which was illegitimately occupied by the countries of the P5+1 [Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany] and the UN Security Council ... through use of diplomatic and political tools," he said.

Speaking at a national congress to commemorate the liberation of Khorramshahr, Rouhani said Iranian people will resist and make sacrifices for another victory.

Khorramshahr is an Iranian city located in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. It was occupied by Iraqi army in 1980 during the Iran-Iraq war and retaken by Iran in 1982.

The United States and the European Union have imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, targeting its energy and banking sectors.

Iran is also excluded from SWIFT, a global network which banks use to transfer money worldwide.

"It is as if blood was prevented from flowing in veins," Rouhani added.

Iran and the P5+1 are on the verge of signing a nuclear deal after months of negotiations aimed at preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons, in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

Iran’s oil production has fallen to 2.7 million barrels a day, down from around 4.2 million barrels a day in 2010.

Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh said on May 7 Iran could be pumping 5.7 million barrels a day by 2018 if sanctions are lifted this year.