Presidential candidate Saeed Jalili says his eight years of research and consultations with experts have shown beyond doubt that the next administration can not only manage the country’s affairs properly but can also make it take a leap forward, describing a strong resolve and a well-planned agenda as the pre-requisites for such growth.
In a video message to the Iranian nation released late on Thursday, Jalili — a member of Iran’s Expediency Council — said, “We are on the verge of making a big choice, which can not only get the country through certain failures but can also set the stage for a great leap forward.”
Jalili said over the past years, he had been closely following the country’s problems, while trying to find solutions and opportunities that could help better run the country.
In doing so, Jalili said, he tried to get the help of young experts, academics, successful managers, and various job unions.
That “was not limited to meeting rooms; we had a presence in the field” across the country’s 31 provinces, he said.
“Today, we can claim that the country could not only be managed, but one could also make it take a leap forward,” added Jalili. “Such a great leap necessitates a plan and a will.”
He said hard work is required to achieve the objective, calling on the Iranians, especially the youth, to play a part in efforts to help Iran make progress, although “the main role should be played by the authorities” in this regard.
“God willing, the people of Iran will achieve a great victory through collective hard work, and the next four years will be filled with hope, prosperity, and success for the country,” said the candidate.
A Principlist figure and former diplomat, Jalili served as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council from 2007 to 2013. In that capacity, he served as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator in talks with major world states on the country’s nuclear program.
He is critical of the path pursued by the administration of President Hassan Rouhani in the nuclear negotiations with six major world states, which culminated in an agreement in 2015.
The US abandoned that agreement for no good reason less than two years later and targeted the Iranian nation with even harsher sanctions than before.