1111 GMT March 31, 2020
Despite the economic problems, the country’s image is quite the opposite of what “domineering foreigners” are trying to show, the Leader said in a meeting with scientific elites in Tehran on Wednesday.
“Portraying a false, negative and disappointing image of the situation in Iran is the most important agenda of the enemy today,” said the Leader. “But the real image of the country is, in general, the opposite of the one that the hegemonic system” is attempting to portray, Press TV reported.
The Leader also said, on its path of scientific progress, the Iranian nation should look to countries in the East, because relying on Western states will not contribute to the country’s growth.
“Those countries are mostly in Asia. Therefore, we should look to the East, rather than the West,” he said.
“Looking to the West and Europe has no benefit other than having to stand idle, begging favors and undergoing humiliation,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei further warned against enemy plots to plunder our national wealth, including the assassination of scientific elites, and urged vigilance in the face of such attempts.
The Leader further reminded the scientific elites of wars being imposed against Iran on “economic, political and security” fronts, calling on them not to remain indifferent to such campaigns.
“If we make progress on the scientific path, the threats posed by the enemies of our civilization, politics and economy will not last,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei also advised that the viewpoints of young elites be incorporated into different sectors, and called for diversification of the economy and changing it from a system that is almost entirely dependent on oil, to one that is independent, knowledge-based and resistant.