Italy, OIC, Venezuela congratulate Iran on Rohani’s presidential victory

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani during a press conference in Tehran on June 17, 2013

Italy, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and Venezuela have felicitated Hassan Rohani on his landslide victory in Iran’s presidential election in separate congratulatory messages.

In a message on Monday, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano extended his most sincere congratulations to Rohani and called for stronger relations between Rome and Tehran.

Also, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu congratulated Rohani on his victory in the June 14 presidential poll, and wished him success in administering Iran’s affairs.

He expressed optimism that ties between the 57-member organization and Iran would further improve under President-elect Rohani, and that Tehran plays a more active and influential role in the international body.

“Iran is one of OIC’s founding members and an active member of the organization,” Ihsanoglu stated.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has offered his felicitations on Rohani’s victory.

He praised bilateral relations between Venezuela and Iran, and called for further enhancement of cordial ties between the two countries in the future.

In addition, leaders of Persian Gulf Arab countries have issued separate messages, congratulating Rohani on his election as Iran’s next president.

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

Rohani won 50.7 percent of the vote to secure an outright victory.

Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution 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 director of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research.

By Press TV


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