Russia hopes to cooperate with Iran to ensure global security

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich says Moscow hopes to continue cooperation with Iran after Hassan Rohani becomes president to ensure international security.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Lukashevich added that the Iranian nation’s voting in the June 14 election was “very active” as nearly 73 percent of eligible Iranians participated in the polls.

Rohani won a “convincing victory” by a wide margin, he stated.

“We respect the choice of the Iranian people, we proceed from the principles of time-tested relations of friendship and cooperation”, the Russian spokesperson said.

He further noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his congratulations to the newly-elected Iranian president.

On Sunday, the Russian president congratulated Rohani on his victory in the country’s 11th presidential election, announcing readiness to expand bilateral relations with Tehran.

“Putin expressed confidence that Hassan Rohani’s work on this high post will promote the flourishing of (Russia’s) friend Iran and further strengthen Russian-Iranian relations,” a Kremlin message to Iran’s president-elect said.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to participate in the June 14 presidential, and city and village council elections. The Interior Ministry put the voter turnout at 72.7 percent.

Rohani won Iran’s 11th presidential election by securing 18,613,329 votes, or 50.70 percent, of a total of 36,704,156 ballots counted.

Rohani currently represents Ayatollah Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council, and is a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also the president of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research.

By Press TV


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