Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today that the Iranian people elected him to change the country's foreign policy and shift away from the bombastic style adopted under his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani said his government would adjust its tactics to reach out to world powers, while retaing its principles.
“We don't have the right to use foreign policy to chant slogans or clap. Foreign policy is not where one can speak or take a position without paying attention,” Rouhani said. “People in the June 14 elections declared that they want a new foreign policy,” the president added. (IRNA/AP, 17 August)
Rouhani made the comments during the swearing-in ceremony of his new foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“Reconsidering foreign policy doesn't mean a change in principles because principles remain unchanged,” Rouhani said. “But change in the methods, performance and tactics, which are the demands of the people, must be carried out.”
Photo credit: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (L) shakes hands with new Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Tehran, August 17, 2013. (IRNA/Press TV)