Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani says a fundamental foreign policy during his tenure will be to enhance relations with neighboring states, particularly Pakistan.
“The expansion of ties with neighboring and Muslim countries, especially Pakistan, will be among the next administration’s foreign policy priorities,” Rohani said on Tuesday in response to a congratulatory message by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
Rohani thanked Zardari for having sent him the congratulatory message over his victory in Iran’s presidential election, expressing satisfaction over the growing trend of constructive cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad.
The amicable ties as well as the deep historical, cultural and Islamic bonds between Iran and Pakistan have laid the groundwork for strengthening mutual relations and helping establish peace and tranquility in the region, Rohani said.
The Iranian president-elect expressed hope that Tehran-Islamabad relations will further develop in all areas based on good neighborliness and mutual respect.
Also in response to a congratulatory message by President of Guinea Conakry Alpha Conde, Rohani expressed hope that Tehran-Conakry ties would further expand on all political, economic and cultural fronts.
Rohani won Iran’s June 14 presidential election, garnering 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots. The voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent, according to Iran’s Interior Ministry.
The Iranian president-elect currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council. He is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, the Expediency Council and the director of the council’s Center for Strategic Research.
By Press TV
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