Rohani pledges to improve respectful ties with Russia
Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani says his administration will try to improve relations with world countries through understanding, confidence-building and mutual respect, Press TV reported.
In response to a congratulatory message by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Rohani said on Monday that his administration would bring "peace and friendship for all world nations."
He emphasized that as the next president of Iran, he would spare no effort to achieve this goal by relying on deep-rooted Iranian civilization and rich Islamic culture.
Rohani expressed hope that Iran and Russia would bolster historical ties and cooperate in all fields.
On June 16, Putin congratulated Iran's president-elect on his victory in the country's presidential election, announcing readiness to expand bilateral relations with Tehran.
"Putin expressed confidence that Hassan Rohani's work on this high post will promote the flourishing of (Russia's) friend Iran and further strengthen Russian-Iranian relations," a Kremlin message to Iran's president-elect said.
Rohani emerged victorious in Iran's 11th presidential election of June 14, which was marked by a high voter turnout, winning 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots counted. The voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent, according to Iran's Interior Ministry.