Ali Akbar Salehi criticizes regional countries for lack of “real progress”
Ali Akbar Salehi: If you go to other countries – both in the region and other countries, whether they are rich or not (I lived in Saudi Arabia for 4 years) – they are very rich, but they still do not have facilities and infrastructures. Now more than 90% of the people have access to gas, just as they have access to water. You might not believe it, but when we go to many countries, we tell people there that in our houses we have gas pipes, just as we have water pipes. They don’t believe it. But that is true. Nevertheless, it is something ordinary for us, and we say, was it not going to be this way? Yes. But this has been achieved. Other countries have progressed – this is a question that is always raised. But under what conditions did they grow? Did they grow under the conditions of political independence? I don’t want to name names. But these countries that are in the Gulf region. They have a series of tall buildings and assembly industries – without having any scientific, industrial growth within their own countries. Do you call that progress? Right now, one of the Gulf countries is constructing 4 power plants, but doesn’t have one engineer itself.
[Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, claims there is no real progress in countries of the region, as it hasn’t been achieved under political independence. Meanwhile, Iran itself is heavily dependent on importing goods, foods, industries, technologies, etc. from other countries.]