Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:49PM
India has welcomed the election of Hassan Rohani as the new President-elect of Iran. The sixty-four-year-old reformist cleric Rohani won the Iranian presidential election on June 14th.
India has expressed its happiness over Hassan Rouhani’s election as Iran’s next president. Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid who was on a two day visit to Iraq termed Mr. Rohani’s victory as a good signal and said it indicates much greater convergence and consensus amongst people and public opinion in Iran. He called it a welcome sign and an outcome of Iranian democracy. New Delhi attaches great importance to its ties with Tehran and analysts say both countries are likely to see greater interaction in the days ahead. The outcome of Iran’s election has surprised many in India. Hassan Rouhani won Iran’s presidential election by securing over 50 percent of votes and competed with three conservative candidates and two independents. India hopes that the new president would give a new focus to issues in the region. India is also hoping to see the lifting of the western sanctions against Iran in the future. Rajnath Singh who is the President of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party the (BJP) has congratulated Hassan Rouhani, and has expressed hope that moderate voices would now be strengthened in Iran.