Advisor calls president’s meeting with economists “constructive”

July 15, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN - President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s meeting with the economists was “friendly, transparent, and constructive,” top presidential advisor Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi said here on Friday.

Representatives of 57 economists, who had written an open letter criticizing the government’s economic policy, had a 5:30-hour meeting with the president. Six members of the administration’s economic team were present at the meeting which lasted until late Thursday. “In the meeting the president was mostly a listener and the economists stated their views,” Samareh-Hashemi told the Mehr News Agency. Ahmadinejad called for continuation of such meetings and urged the economic experts to provide solutions for completely resolving the country’s economic problems, he said. According to some reports the economists present at the meeting have also expressed their satisfaction with the results of the discussion with the president and his economic team. Among those members of the government economic team present at the meeting were finance and economy minister, first vice president, commerce minister, central bank governor, and director of the recently dissolved Management and Planning Organization