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Iranians battered by government foreign policy: Mir-Hossein Mousavi

Press TV - Presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi takes aim at the Ahmadinejad administration's 'maladroit foreign policy', saying it has cost the Iranian nation dearly.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi and wife Zahra Rahnavard campaigning in Shiraz

Mousavi, in a Tuesday address, said Iran's world standing is directly linked with its national interests. "An effective foreign policy agenda that enhances the county's world image is undoubtedly in the best interests of the people."

"When the country has a good image on the international scale, there would be positive interaction with other countries, the people will be more at peace, the economy will move forward and the country will be awash with security and stability," said Mousavi.

He claimed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's "confrontational foreign policy" has not only damaged Iran's world standing, but has further resulted in the country's isolation across the globe.

"Iranians are paying a heavy price for the government's foreign policy mismanagement," said Mousavi. "But then again, how can a government deal with its foreign policy affairs when it can't even manage its internal issues?"

He said President Ahmadinejad's decision to dissolve a number of semi-independent state entities -- such as Management and Planning Organization (MPO) and the Credit and Money Council (CMC) -- "testifies his maladministration."

Before its disestablishment, MPO was a relatively independent 60-year-old body which was in charge of allocating the national budget.

CMC, meanwhile, was tasked with supervising monetary and banking affairs in line with the general guidelines of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).

Mousavi, who served as the country's last prime minister (1981-1989) is slated to run against President Ahmadinejad in the June 12 elections.

He is admired for the way he managed the country during the years of imposed Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein which cost the country over USD 500 billion.

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