Speaking to the annual gathering of IRGC commanders, Hassan Rouhani asked the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to help fight economic sanctions.
Expressing favorable regards for the presence of the IRGC on the country’s economic arena, Rouhani said "I do not approve of the rumors about the IRGC and the economic section. The IRGC is not a rival to people and it is nothing like common contractors. The IRGC must take on highly important projects which the private section is not able to carry out.”
The president added "I spoke to the Commander in Chief, saying that the IRGC must pick a number of national projects. Under sanctions, the IRGC must take action and pick three-four big national projects, because it is well aware of the circumstances of the country and the government. A country which used to sell 2.5 million barrels oil is now selling less than one million. On the other side it must import 7.5 million tons of wheat. These show how things are.”
"We ask the IRGC to bear part of the weight on the government, and of course that of the system,” the president said, adding "another issue is illegal trade which has afflicted the country’s economy. The IRGC is able to help cope with and stop contraband.”
"I would like to ask the IRGC to come to the scene in two sections where the government is facing problems, so that people would see its sincerity and dedication in defeating the enemy on public livelihood and production,” Rouhani asserted.
Pointing to the country’s economic downturn, Rouhani expressed optimism that with the help of the IRGC, things will grow brighter.