Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called for unity in the face of criticism and enemy plots and amid tensions with the United States.
“Now is not the time to unload our burdens onto somebody else’s shoulders. We must help each other,” Rouhani said in a televised speech on the advent of Iran’s Government Week.
He made the remarks during a visit to the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in southern Tehran where he renewed his allegiance to the ideals of the late founder of the Islamic Republic.
The president said the Iranian nation will emerge victorious from US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
“There is no doubt about the nation’s final victory over the enemy."
The reimposition of US sanctions and a dramatic currency collapse have created difficulties for ordinary Iranians.
“The country’s problems and resisting foreigners’ conspiracies is the responsibility of every one of us,” said Rouhani.
Through unity and solidarity, he added, the nation “was able to foil the Zionist lobbies’ efforts in the US Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as US conspiracies in the UN Security Council.”
He emphasized that his government would try its utmost to reduce the impacts of sanctions on the lives of Iranians.
“We are aware of people’s pain, suffering and problems, and all our efforts are geared at reducing these problems,” Rouhani pledged.
He also called on government officials to explain their efforts and achievements to the people during Government Week.
Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, reimposing the first round of sanctions on Iran which target the country’s purchase of US dollars, trade in gold and other precious metals as well as the automotive sector.
The sanctions came three months after Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran despite objections from the other parties to the agreement – France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China – and the international community.
In November a second round of US sanctions will be reinstated on Iran’s oil industry, the Central Bank, port operators, and the energy and shipping sectors.
AFP and Press TV contributed to this story.