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President: Gov’t to continue engagement with world

Tehran, Aug 5, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that he will continue balanced and comprehensive engagement with the world in his second-term in office.

He made the remarks in his inauguration ceremony where he was sworn in as president for the second term.

The President noted that today, it is not the time of unveiling the mother of bombs and the mother of sanctions but it is time to unveil the mother of cooperation and engagement.

'Iran sets no limitation to cooperation with any state,' he underlined.

The President said: 'Iran extends hand of friendship to its neighbors and wants best relations with them.'

'The foreign powers which only think of their short-sighted interests and have destabilized the region by selling billions of dollars of arms are just sowing discord in the region for fishing in the troubled waters,' Rouhani said.

'We are seeking a stabilized and integrated region and we want to make moderation and logic, the dominant voice of the region instead of violence and extremism,' he added.

President Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as Iran's president for another four-year term in an official ceremony held at the Iranian parliament in Tehran on Saturday evening.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday gave official seal of approval to President Rouhani who won a landslide victory and was re-elected as next president on May 19 presidential election.

Iranian government declared one day holiday in the capital, Tehran to prepare the grounds for presidential inauguration ceremony.

Several foreign guests, heads of states and high-ranking officials, including the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini took part in President's oath-taking ceremony.

Rouhani was re-elected for a second term in office on May 19, for another four years, sweeping over 23 million or 57 percent of the votes.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency


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