Spiritual and secular leaders of Iran have given controversial opinions future

Two of the most influential figures of Iranian politics gave saw conflicting perspectives of economic development of the country, reports Reuters.

Both leaders agreed that in the coming year the main priority of the authorities should be the economy, especially after the lifting of international sanctions.

However, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who took this position in 2013, advocated constructive cooperation with other countries of the world.

“I am confident that combining the efforts in the country and constructive interaction with the world will allow our economy to flourish,” said Rouhani in the first day of the new 1395, according to the traditional Iranian calendar. He believes that after the lifting of sanctions Iran has good prospects of attracting investors from other countries, which will increase the number of jobs in the country and development of its economy.

At the same time the spiritual leader and Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared this year the year of “Economy of resistance”, which should be oriented towards self-sufficiency. According to him, the Islamic Republic should take steps to reduce its dependence on external factors, primarily on the US economy.

According to Khamenei, Iran’s economy has not benefited from the visits of foreign businessmen. He was strongly against the strengthening of “Western influence” in the country.