Boosting economic development despite sanctions

The Islamic Republic of Iran has said that amid crippling economic sanctions imposed by the United States to undermine the integrity of the nation, the ideals embraced by the founding fathers of the great “Islamic revolution” of 1979 have endured through to the foresight of the Iranian leadership coupled with the resilience and faith of the people.

Iran’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mohammad Alibak reiterated this in a statement on the occasion of the forty-third anniversary of the Iranian Revolution popularly called Iran’s National Day this weekend.

The Iranian Revolution was one of the revolts that overthrew unpopular Western-backed governments in the 20th century and ushered in an era of governments fueled by popular demands devoid of imperialist vestiges, which enthroned governance according to the principles of Islamic religion. The revolution also encouraged the people of Iran and perhaps all freedom seekers around the world to assert themselves in world affairs.

According to Ambassador Alibak, the Islamic revolution took place at a time when the world was divided between the materialist blocs of East and West, and few believed that an oppressed nation could break the frame and come up with a new plan. But the people of Iran, led by Imam Khomeini, were able to oust the Shah, who was a sort of puppet of Western powers and only pursued their interests in the country and the region, and set a new course in the world.

“To get here, the Iranian nation has opened a long road, full of obstacles and barriers, mainly fabricated and put in place by those foreign powers who refused to join in and grasp the new realities of the new Iran. “From imposing a murderous war to launching endless campaigns of economic terrorism, sabotage and psychological warfare, those powers that opposed our revolution, our independence and our autonomy did everything that they were able to stop our popular movement. But the will and resilience of the great and proud Iranian nation was and still is stronger than their plans. Despite all the hardships and ups and downs, grassroots support remains the main source of Islam’s power,” he said.

It’s been decades of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, particularly over controversial and coordinated efforts by Western powers to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear power, which the nation says is at peaceful purposes. Under the administration of Barack Obama in the United States, Iran reached a nuclear agreement with five world powers, which inspired confidence in the resolution of the nuclear saga. But as soon as President Donald Trump became President in the United States, he withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal to the dismay of the rest of the world.

According to the Iranian envoy “by violating international rules and withdrawing from the nuclear agreement between Iran and the five world powers, the United States has pursued a policy of maximum pressure and imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran to defeat the revolution. They used economic terrorism against the people of Iran, a clear example of which was to stop drugs from entering the country during the coronavirus outbreak.

“But these sanctions have pushed the great nation of Iran to join hands, and we have been able to achieve good achievements in these forty-three years thanks to the efforts of our faithful, educated and revolutionary youth.”

It is, however, to the credit of the Iranian leadership that despite the sanctions, the country has made significant progress in health, and has been able to become a hub of health tourism in the region from reliance on foreign doctors, and now people from 53 countries including Nigeria travel to Iran for treatment. The country would be among the few countries to produce the coronavirus vaccine.

The envoy summed up the huge achievements by saying “in the field of science, we are ranked 21st in the world in terms of scientific papers; In terms of nuclear knowledge, we are in the top 5 developed countries in the world; In terms of level of well-being, 100% of city dwellers and 91% of villagers have access to paved roads

“The electricity and water distribution network is established in 99% of the villages; Also, 83% of towns and 78% of villages were supplied with the gas network; industrially, the share of industry in GDP rose from 16% to 40%; Iran’s non-oil exports fell from $54 million to $31 billion.

“The balanced and intelligent foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on expanding relations with all countries in the world. Accordingly, over the past year, we have witnessed the development of relations with the friendly country of Nigeria. In this regard, we can highlight the multiplication of the volume of economic relations, the exchange of economic delegations and the holding of meetings and political consultations between the two countries at different levels.