Iran’s President-elect Pledges More Conciliatory Approach
Iran’s president-elect Hassan Rouhani said today he will name ministers from across the political spectrum, forming an inclusive cabinet and a government of moderation.
“The future government must operate in the framework of moderation...[and it] must avoid extremism, and this message is for everyone,” Rouhani said in a speech carried live on state television.
“The next cabinet will be trans-factional... This government is not obligated to any party or faction, and will work to choose the most qualified people from all sides and factions, under conditions of moderation and temperance.”
He also pledged a more conciliatory approach in international and relations than the current government.
“Moderation in foreign policy is neither submission nor antagonism, neither passivity nor confrontation. Moderation is effective and constructive interaction with the world,” Rouhani said. “The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a major regional power or the biggest regional power... must play its role and for this we need moderation.”
Rouhani, who will take office in early August, said he was dedicated to “mutual relaxation of tensions” with other countries.
File photo: Iran's presiden-elect Hassan Rouhani (AFP)