Raisi says will not leave Iran economy to ‘will of foreigners’
07 August 2021 | 2:19 pm
Iran's newly-inaugurated ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi vows that his government will endeavour to get US sanctions lifted but will not wait for foreign help to rescue the battered economy.
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