China has congratulated Iran’s President-elect Hojjatoleslam Hassan Rohani on his victory in the Islamic Republic’s 11th presidential election.
“China congratulates Hassan Rouhani on his election as Iranian president,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on Monday.
“China will seize this opportunity to promote the development of bilateral cooperation,” Hua added.
Meanwhile, Hojjatoleslam Rohani said during his first press conference on Monday that Iran’s good relations with China would continue in his administration.
“The new administration might consider [several] points with regards to this issue, and we will discuss these points in our negotiations with the Chinese officials,” the Iranian president-elect noted.
Hojjatoleslam Rohani emerged victorious in the presidential election of June 14, which was marked by a high voter turnout, winning 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots counted.
The voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent, according to Iran’s Interior Ministry.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to participate in the presidential, and City and Village Islamic Council elections.
Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council and is also a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also the director of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research.