Sleiman to visit Iran for Rouhani’s ceremony

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman will visit Tehran next month to attend the inauguration ceremony of Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani, sources in Baabda Palace told The Daily Star.

Sleiman is expected to be accompanied by a Lebanese delegation, likely including caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, during his visit to Iran early August, the sources said.

Rouhani’s swearing-in ceremony will be held on August 4, 2013, a day after he is endorsed by the Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Reform-minded Rouhani won Iran’s presidential election in the first round in June with over 50 percent of the vote.

A number of heads of state and other leaders have been invited to attend Rouhani’s inauguration.

Sleiman received a message last week from Rouhani in response to his congratulatory message on the Iranian president’s June election.

The Lebanese president is currently in the United States on a several-day private visit to undergo an eye surgery.

By The Daily Star


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