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EghtesadOnline: President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that his administration attaches great significance to the social problems such as poverty as it is the root cause of most of social maladies.

In a televised speech on the occasion the Government Week, according to IRNA, he listed addiction and distribution of narcotics in the country as other problems to be solved, saying that the government has taken one step forward in the field as a long way is still ahead.

'I promised the nation to eliminate extreme poverty by the end of the 12th government,' he said, noting that he has plans in this respect.

Social gap is another problem facing the society, he said, adding that efforts are underway to narrow the gap.

Describing unemployment as the greatest problem faced by the society, he said that resolving the problem is the first demand by the nation.

There are five countries in the world which can generate over 600,000 jobs a year and Iran is one of them, he said.

'I have urged the ministers to strive for generating jobs in all fields, particularly in the spheres of cyber space, agriculture and mines,' he said.

'A major work' must be done in the employment sector, he said, noting that in order to meet the public's demands in the field of employment, has no way but unity and solidarity, investment and improving investment security.

The government should take an excellent step in attracting foreign investment, he said, noting that good agreements worth 13 billion dollars were concluded following the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


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