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President stresses attracting foreign investment

Tehran, Aug 20, President Hassan Rouhani in the first meeting of Iran's 12th government, stressed on attracting foreign investment and technology into the country to boom the economy.

'Making employment is the government main priority,' President said, adding that for removal of unemployment, the government should do its best to absorb foreign and domestic investment and be equipped with modern technologies.

'While the enemies had planned to show Iran isolated, people by their huge turnout in the election and the international high-ranking officials by their widespread participation in the inauguration ceremony, rejected the wrong claim,' he added.

Sixteen proposed ministers out of 18 were successful in getting the confidence votes of Iranian lawmakers on Sunday. All ministerial nominees except the nominee for minister of energy Habibollah Bitaraf received the vote of confidence. The vote came today after five days of marathon parliamentary debates while the posts for two ministries of Energy and Science, Research and Technology are yet to be decided.

President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected as the president for a second term after winning a landmark victory on May 19. President Rouhani took office on August 5. Then, he proposed 17 out of 18 nominees for ministerial posts of his cabinet.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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