Mousavi ‘concerned’ about livelihood of Iranians amid tough economic times

 Iranian opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi

‘Send my greeting to Iranian people’

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is gravely concerned about the livelihoods of ordinary Iranians amid international sanctions aimed at Iran’s nuclear programme.

According to opposition site Kaleme, the Green Movement leader and his wife Zahra Rahnavard, who have been under house since February 2011, were allowed a family visit on Tuesday. The meeting, which lasted three hours, was held in Mousavi’s house, which has been his prison for more than 600 days.

Mousavi reportedly expressed deep concern over the economic hardships that have beset the country.

“He told those present to ‘send my greeting to the Iranian nation’,” Kaleme reported.

Mousavi, and fellow opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi were placed under house arrest in February 2011 after calling for protests in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions. Human rights groups say their ongoing detention violates international law as well as Iran’s own constitution.

According to a recent report by the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Iran’s general population is feeling the brunt of the crippling international sanctions as inflation and unemployment continue to skyrocket and lifesaving medicines are increasingly in short supply.

Until now, four rounds of sanctions aimed curtailing at Iran’s nuclear programme have been imposed by the UN Security Council.

“The sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran have had significant effects on the general population, including an escalation in inflation, a rise in commodities and energy costs, an increase in the rate of unemployment and a shortage of necessary items, including medicine,” Ban said in his report.

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