Turkmen president to participate in Iranian president-elect’s inauguration ceremony

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is slated to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani , a senior diplomat announced.

“According to the information I have obtained from Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry and also my talks with a number of Turkmen deputy foreign ministers, the Turkmen president will visit Tehran to take part in the Iranian president-elect’s inauguration ceremony,” Iranian Ambassador to Ashgabat Seyed Mohammad Moussa Hashemi Golpayegani told FNA.

On Sunday, Iranian Parliament’s Director-General for Protocols Seyed Mohammad Yasrebi told FNA, 10 presidents, 3 prime ministers, 5 parliament speakers and 6 foreign ministers have already confirmed their participation in the swearing-in ceremony of Rouhani on August 4.

“Presidents of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Guinea Bissau, Togo and Tajikistan have announced that they will take part in Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony,” He noted that parliament speakers of Russia, Venezuela, Algeria, Azerbaijan and Congo will also participate in the Iranian president-elect’s inauguration ceremony on August 4.

Yasrebi said that prime ministers of Swaziland and Syria as well as Venezuela’s vice-president and Iraq’s acting president will also be present at Rouhani’s swearing-in ceremony.

Yasrebi said that the final list of the guests of the inauguration ceremony will be ready on Thursday.

Rouhani’s swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to be held on August 4, one day after his endorsement by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced last week that Tehran has invited leaders and senior officials of all the world states to Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony.

“All the heads and high-ranking officials of the world states have been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the Iranian president-elect,” Araqchi said.

He further added that invitation letters have first been sent to the regional countries, as relations with the neighboring and regional nations stand atop the list of Iran’s foreign policy priorities.

Rouhani emerged victorious in Iran’s June 14 presidential election, which was marked by a high voter turnout. He won 50.7 percent of the votes.

The Interior Ministry put voter turnout at 72.7 percent.

The Iranian president-elect currently represents Ayatollah Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council and is also a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is the president of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research as well.

By Fars News Agency


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