Iran’s Rohani urges closer ties with Lebanon, Ghana, North Korea

 President-elect Hassan RohaniPress TV -(Wed Jul 10, 2013) Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani has called for the further enhancement of all-out relations with Lebanon, Ghana and North Korea.


In response to a congratulatory message from Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, Rohani said he was confident that Tehran and Beirut would witness growing cooperation based on mutual trust and respect.

Rohani thanked Sleiman for having sent him a congratulatory message over his victory in Iran’s presidential election, and said the age-old amicable ties between Tehran and Beirut have been rooted in cultural bonds.

Also, in response to the congratulatory message by Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, Rohani expressed hope that constructive and friendly relations between Tehran and Accra would further develop.

Iran has always paid due regard to the expansion of all-out ties with African countries, he added.

Also in response to the congratulatory message from Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong-nam, Rohani expressed satisfaction over the growing trend of relations between Tehran and Pyongyang.

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 president of the council’s Center for Strategic Research.

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