Rouhani: Iran ready to promote relations with the world

2017-05-21 17:29
Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrate in Tehran. (Ebrahim Noroozi, AP)

Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrate in Tehran. (Ebrahim Noroozi, AP)

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Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to open the country to the world and deliver the freedom its people have yearned for after securing a decisive re-election for a second term.

Rouhani sealed a second term in the office after he won with more than 57% percent of the votes in Friday's election. His principlist rival, Ebrahim Raisi, received 38% percent.

"Our nation's message in the election was clear. Iran's nation chose the path of interaction with the world, away from violence and extremism," the 68-year-old reformist said in a televised speech on Saturday. 

The election was seen by many as a verdict on Rouhani's policy of opening up Iran to the outside world.

In 2015, he negotiated a landmark nuclear deal that won Iran relief from international sanctions in exchange for limits on its contested nuclear programme.

"Today, Iran - prouder than ever - is ready to promote its relations with the world based on mutual respect and national interests," Rouhani said.

Iran "is not ready to accept humiliation and threat", he continued.

"This is the most important message that our nation expects to be heard by all, particularly world powers."

Saturday evening saw tens of thousands of his supporters celebrating by pouring into the streets of downtown Tehran, setting off fireworks, and singing and dancing until the early hours of Sunday morning.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose country has had no diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980, said he hoped Rouhani would use his second term to end Tehran's ballistic missile programme and what he called its network of terrorism.

Iran denies any involvement in terrorism and says its missile program, which US President Donald Trump recently targeted with new sanctions, is purely for defence purposes.

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