Iran’s president-elect vows to ease tensions with world

Tehran, June 30 (IANS) Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that his administration would pursue the policy of easing tensions with the world.

Talking during a live programme on the state IRIB TV, Rouhani said his international and domestic policies would be based on a “balanced approach” and prevent any extremism, Xinhua reported.

Rouhani said his “moderate” policies will aim at “constructive interaction with the world”. But he also said that in foreign policy, he would neither surrender to pressures nor seek confrontation.

About the line-up of his cabinet, the 64-year-old cleric said he will choose the most qualified people irrespective of their political tendencies.

Stating that Iranians had chosen “a path of change”, Rouhani said he is committed to his pledges during the campaign.

Rouhani, who won Iran’s presidential election June 14 with 50.7 percent of the votes, will take office in early August to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been ruling Iran for eight years.

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