World leaders have sent messages to Iran president-elect Hassan Rohani congratulating him on his election victory on June 14. In his message on Tuesday, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev wished Iran’s newly-elected president success in his job. He expressed hope that the friendly relations and mutual cooperation between Astana and Tehran will grow during Rohani’s term in office. In a separate development, Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas felicitated Rohani on Sunday on his victory in Iran's presidential election. Abbas wished Rohani luck and success in fulfilling his duties, adding that he looked forward to working together with him towards strengthening ties and serving shared interests of Iran and Palestine. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also congratulated Rohani on his victory in the Islamic Republic's 11th presidential election. During a telephone conversation on Monday evening, Maliki expressed Baghdad’s readiness to further develop all-out ties with Tehran. In addition, South African President Jacob Zuma extended his felicitations to Rohani on Monday.
"President Zuma extended his congratulations and best wishes to president-elect Rohani and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran and expressed the hope that relations between South Africa and Iran would be consolidated under his leadership," South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement.South Korea on Tuesday congratulated Rohani on winning Iran's presidential election, expressing hope for the improvement of relations between the two nations. Rohani won 50.7 percent of the vote to secure an outright victory on June 14. Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to participate in the presidential election. The Interior Ministry put the voter turnout at 72.7 percent. Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council and is a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also the president of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research. MP/KA/SS