Saturday, July 30, 2005

EC Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani praises efforts of Khatami administration

Description of Selected News: "EC praises efforts of Khatami administration


TEHRAN (MNA) -- Members of the Expediency Council (EC) expressed their appreciation for the efforts of outgoing President Mohammad Khatami during their weekly session on Saturday.

At the meeting, EC Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lauded the measures taken by Khatami for political, economic, and social development and for the expansion of international ties.

Rafsanjani presented a rare copy of the Holy Quran to Khatami during the session, which was also attended by the heads of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.

For his part, Khatami praised Rafsanjani and thanked the EC for its close cooperation with the government over the past eight years.

Khatami called Rafsanjani a great asset of the Islamic Revolution whose advice is always required by the ruling system.

The president also said that Rafsanjani is an experienced personality whose advice is always effective, particularly in times of crisis.

"His views helped settle problems in all situations, and he was generous enough to share his expertise with me. The Expediency Council plays a crucial role in resolving difficulties and discrepancies. Given its high status, the council does not allow the administrators of the community to face deadlocks," Khatami added.

He praised Rafsanjani’s leadership during the post-war years, when the national economy had suffered great losses, and said that, owing to his efforts, the cornerstones of national development and reconstruction were laid down.

"The reconstruction plans and the government’s efforts for economic reform minimized Iran's reliance upon foreigners, so that today we are in a position to attract foreign expertise, technology, and investment.

"Iran's current self-reliance has been gained under the light of the efforts made during Rafsanjani's presidential terms," he added.

Khatami noted that Iran is now able to formulate a national 20-Year Outlook Plan (2005-2025) with high objectives.

Saying that Iran is about to make a major economic leap, he noted that if the current trend continues, the goals set by the 20-Year Outlook Plan will be attained.

The president also said that he owes the positive achievements of his government to the sincere efforts of his colleagues and the members of his cabinet.

"I believe that without Rafsanjani, the government would have faced more problems. The Expediency Council provided excellent support for the establishment of understanding and congeniality as well as in helping solve social problems," he observed."