Addressing an international summit, Iran's President Hasan Rouhani underlined the United States’ failure against the Iranian nation.
US measures to bring the Iranian nation to its knees has gone nowhere and Iran has managed to gain significant achievements in different areas, including in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, Rouhani told the 10th Summit of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation on Thursday.
"Strengthening multilateralism is of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s top foreign policy priorities. From the standpoint of economic development, too, we have invariably supported the developing and attuned countries’ collective strive for a fair and non-discriminatory international economic system."
The President continued "The ultimate goal of all these collective and legitimate efforts by developing countries is to attain economic growth, balanced development, public welfare and prosperity, and to preserve national values and cultures and secure a decent status in international relations."
"It is by way of this very approach, that we have become an active member of international and regional groupings such as the Group of 77 (G77), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), Cooperation Mechanism of the Caspian Littoral States, and, of course, the D-8."
Rouhani went on to say "From the vantagepoint of convergence and business interaction, we are laying the foundations of free regional trade with neighbouring countries and we will soon establish, together with the Eurasian countries, the first free-trade zone."
"Notwithstanding its geographical dispersion, the D-8 Organisation enjoys tremendous capacities and bounties of, inter alia, human and natural resources, energy reserves, complementary economies and avid private sectors. Further, we all have more or less similar challenges on our paths to economic development." He added.
Riuhani further noted that "the last of these challenges is COVID-19 pandemic which has upset the countries’ entire constellation of economic and developmental calculations and designs, projecting before the global community a form of uncertainty in their future prospects."
"The D-8 Member States have waiting for them around the corner important decisions to make in order for cooperation in the post-COVID era. Looked through this glass, the present Summit may align Member States and the Secretariat on a clear path forward."
The summit kicked off on Thursday with Rouhani and the leaders of the member states taking part.
In the virtual summit hosted by Bangladesh as the current chair of the organization, leaders of Iran, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey and Nigeria are taking part.