Foreign policy takes center stage in Iran election

File photo shows Iranians preparing to cast their ballots in a presidential election.

In Iran, foreign policy takes center stage in the run-up to the 11th presidential race. Reformist hopeful Hassan Rohani, who says has the backing of several political camps, told Press TV his future government will resume talks with countries at odds with Iran, including the United States.

Rohani, a senior member of the State Expediency Council and former head of the Supreme National Security Council, also talked about Iran’s nuclear energy program, while distancing himself from what he called extremist reformist and principlist currents. He said his future administration dubbed “the government of wisdom and hope,” has what it takes to end the current nuclear dispute between Iran and the West.

Rohani is said to be close to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and incumbent head of the State Expediency Council. Foreign policy is also a dominant issue for other hopefuls, although there are very little specific new ideas on how they plan to resolve all the outstanding issues with the West.

Potential candidates have less than a week to register for the presidential race, which will be held on Friday June the 14th, at the same day as the fourth city and rural council elections. Once qualified by the Guardian Council, they can start their official election campaigns nationwide.

By Press TV


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