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Iran: Supreme Leader backs government's petrol rationing plan

Tehran, June 30, IRNA - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed the petrol rationing and called it a brave action on part of the government.

In a meeting with members of the cabinet and the executive directors from throughout the country, the Leader said that the ninth government has acted bravely in line with the objectives and values of the Islamic Revolution.

The Leader also appreciated strong resolve of the government and the executive body to advance the priorities set in the 20-Year Strategy Plan for Economic, Social and Cultural Development.

The Leader, in the meantime, thanked the government's plan to select efficient directors possessing strong motives to serve the people and said that the efficient executive personnel would bring oth material and spiritual progress for the nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei welcomed the meeting with executive directors from the cabinet and the provinces and said that the current planning has given impetus to the lofty goals of the Islamic Revolution and the incumbent government has focused on the spirit of the Islamic Revolution and its agenda. "It is an exceptional opportunity." The Leader said that the opportunity should lead to rendering more services to the people, adding that in the past years, certain individuals who were even loyal to the Islamic Revolution, thought that the time for the slogans of the Islamic Revolution had expired.

"Several people even became rude enough to say that the campaign to remove poverty did not work, but, the Islamic Revolution's aspiration to campaign for social justice was revived thanks to election of the ninth government."

The Leader said that Iran has had a long record of despotism during Qajar and Pahlavi regimes which has left chronic problems in he way of social progress in the country.

"It is praiseworthy that the incumbent government is working hard using services of efficient and faithful personnel to remove the bottlenecks which needs both bravery and adequate planning." The Leader said that the government will spend dlrs four billion in energy subsidies on the development projects including investment to create jobs.

Ayatollah Khamenei advised the government to publicize its plans to administer social justice and make distinction between the constructive criticism and fault-finding one.

The Leader also supported the cabinet's provincial tours and termed it as a good opportunity to get acquainted with difficulties of people living in remote areas.

"The governors general and the executive body should follow up implementation of the decisions the cabinet members made during the provincial tours."

The Leader said that the government is responsible for the material needs and livelihood of people and that macro planning should support such a responsibility.

The Leader advised the diplomatic apparatus of the government to adopt offensive diplomacy in the international community by giving preference to ensuring that the rights of Iranian nation are respected.

Elsewhere in his speech, the Leader said that the US has failed in its war against the Muslim nations and is looking for a scapegoat to blame for its desperation in the Middle East.

"Instead of finding the reasons for its failure in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan, the US is desperately looking for a third party to blame for it."

The Leader said that the Iranian nation will bravely seek its rights stipulated in Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Prior to the Leader's remarks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented a report about the government's almost two-year performance saying that a model for the economic development is being enforced.

He pointed to cutting inflation, the bank loan interest rate and ceding shares of state-owned enterprises to people as the plans at hand.

Ahmadinejad said that the government would strongly overcome the problems the enemies of the Iranian nation have created in the way of national nuclear program.

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