Iran's new president sworn in

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, has taken an oath of office in parliament, a day after he was officially endorsed by Iran's supreme leader.

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Russia: 'Support Iranian president in nuclear talks'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Credit: PA

Russia says Iran's new president should be supported in his stance on nuclear talks. Russia said it "absolutely agreed" with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhini in saying that disputes over Iran's nuclear programme must be solved by dialogue, not ultimatums.

Speaking during a visit to Rome, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "Now it is critical to support the constructive approach of the Iranian leadership."

US hopes Rouhani will 'heed the will' of the voters

The White House said it hoped Hassan Rouhani would "heed the will" of voters and make choices that would "lead to a better life" for Iranians.

Press secretary Jay Carney said the new president's inauguration gave Iran a chance "to act quickly" to address international concerns about the country's disputed nuclear program.

The White House added that Rouhani would find "a willing partner" in the US if his government decided "to engage substantively and seriously" in honouring its international obligations.

Leaders attend Rouhani inauguration in Tehran

Rouhani welcomed senior politicians from various countries across the world. Credit: APTN/Press TV

Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani welcomed senior politicians from various countries who were invited to his inauguration ceremony in Tehran.

Afghanistan's President Karzai is seen among the guests attending the ceremony. Credit: APTN/Press TV

Those attending included Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi and Vice President of Iraq, Khodair al-Khozaei.

The inauguration ceremony is being attended by representatives from 50 countries across the world. Credit: APTN/Press TV

The president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the president of Tajikistan, Emomalii Rahmon also attended.

Rouhani also welcomed the envoys of Cuba and Nicaragua, two Latin American countries with strong diplomatic ties to Iran.


Iran's new president set for official public inauguration

Supporters of Iran's newly-elected president Hassan Rouhani are expected to turn out in force for his inauguration. Credit: Khademian Farzaneh/ABACA/Press Association Images

The inauguration of Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani will take place today a day after he assumed office to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday endorsed Mr Rouhani's election win in a statement read out to political, religious and military grandees assembled at a religious site in Tehran.

The 64-year-old, who will assume office after taking an oath in Iran's parliament later, arrives in power at the start of 12 months which are seen as make or break for the international effort to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The resounding victory of the politically relatively moderate leader in June's election raised hopes of negotiating an end to the nuclear dispute and an easing of the sanctions that have hit the OPEC country's oil exports.

Iran's president-elect Rouhani calls Israel a 'wound'

Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani Credit: Reuters

Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani called Israel a "wound" that must be removed, Iranian media reported.

Speaking two days ahead of his inauguration, he is reported as saying: "The Zionist regime is a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed."

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