Presidential candidate Sa’eed Jalili says the next administration should consider art as the key to success in other areas and work actively to showcase the country’s cinema and music on the global stage.
Meeting a group of youth on Thursday, Jalili said the minister of culture and Islamic guidance should have a proper understanding of art and take an interest in the sphere, criticizing the previous decision-makers for having had nothing to do at all with culture and art, let alone being fans.
“If the administration seeks success in other fields, it should consider art as a necessity, and view it not passively but proactively,” said the member of Iran’s Expediency Council. “Why wouldn’t our cinema rival with that of the Hollywood? Our music should be showcased to the world.”
On problems facing Iran’s youth
In an interview during a news segment on IRIB Channel 2 later in the day, Jalili spoke of his agenda to deal with the economic woes facing the country’s young generation, especially unemployment.
“One of the plans that we will pursue in the next administration is creating four million jobs for the youth in the next four years, and we have an agenda for that,” he said.
Under the Iranian Constitution, everyone is entitled to a proper, satisfactory job, said Jalili, adding, “We have examined this issue and designed a range of plans for that.”
Jalili said the country has great potentials in the fields of mining, industry, fishing, and tourism, among other areas, which should be activated.
Besides, many of the administration’s research projects could be assigned to the youth specializing in human sciences to help them enter the employment market, he said.