TEHRAN: Iranians have chosen the “path of engagement with the world” and rejected extremism, President Hassan Rouhani said following his resounding re-election victory on Saturday.
“The message of our people has been very clearly expressed. The Iranian people have chosen the path of engagement with the world, far from extremism,” he said on state television.
Rouhani won 57 percent of the vote, scoring a convincing victory over hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi on 38.3 percent.
“The Iranian people want to live in peace and in friendship with the rest of the world, but it does not accept any threat or humiliation,” Rouhani said.
He took an apparent dig at regional rival Saudi Arabia, which is currently hosting US President Donald Trump.
“Our people have declared to neighbouring countries and the whole region that the path to ensuring security is the reinforcement of democracy and not relying on foreign powers.” – AFP
Story first published: 20th May 2017