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Iran president: US opposes growth of developing countries, wants them to be dependent

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi (R) and Isiaka Abdulkadir Imam, the Secretary General of D-8 Organization, meet in Tehran on June 27, 2022. (Photo by

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says the United States is opposed to economic growth of developing states, adding that Iran is ready to share its technological advances with other countries.

Raeisi made the remarks in a Monday meeting with Isiaka Abdulkadir Imam, the Secretary General of D-8 Organization, in Tehran.

Stressing that Iran’s policy is based on cooperation with regional and international organizations as well as other countries, Iran’s president said, “The D-8 member states enjoy enormous potentialities for trade and transit of goods, which have been largely ignored.”

“The United States does not want the developing countries to grow and is interested in seeing them dependent on the hegemonic system by any means possible,” Raeisi said.

He pointed to great knowledge-based achievements made by the Iranian youths in the country's science and technology parks and said, "Iran can share its technological and knowledge-based achievements with other D-8 member states."

The Iranian chief executive emphasized that the D-8 member states need to make more efforts and use their capacities to increase their trade exchanges.

The D-8 secretary general, for his part, said Iran is an active member of the organization.

He added that as the D-8 chief, he has adopted an approach that takes into consideration the population capacity for the member states and increases trade exchanges among the members.

The D-8 developing bloc was founded in 1997 based on an initiative by Turkey. The group comprises of Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia.

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