Khatami: Iran’s Foreign Debt Reduced Significantly

Published May 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

President Mohammad Khatami said on Monday his government has repaid $12.3 billion of the foreign debts of $32.6 billion since taking office in 1997, reported Iranian news agency (IRNA) the same day. 

In his address to the heads of the city councils to mark the third anniversary of the presidential election, the president said “Iran now has a unique status in the international scene and the security situation is better than the past,” attributing the success to the performance of his government and the active participation of Iranians in public life. 

President Khatami said his government “dealt with the cancerous fetus in the heart of the security apparatus,” hinting to the severe criticism he received from conservatives against his reform policies.  

The president voiced his satisfaction at the outcome of the parliamentary elections, approved Thursday by the Guardians Council, the election watchdog. He said his government has helped institutionalize the country in accordance with the constitution and the law.  

He said his reform program faced two challenges, one from those who had suffered from the Islamic Revolution. They launched the propaganda campaign that the people have abandoned the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic values, the second were those who thought their outlook and taste are exactly that of Islam and when failed to get vote from the people they thought that the people have said 'No' to the Islamic Revolution, reported the agency – 

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