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Sisi congratulates Pezeshkian on winning Iran pres. race; UN says ready for cooperation

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (L) and Iran's president-elect Masoud Pezeshkian

Egypt has congratulated Masoud Pezeshkian on his election as the new Iranian president.

According to a statement released by Egypt’s presidential spokesperson Ahmed Fahmy, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi had sent a cable of congratulations to Iran’s president-elect Pezeshkian, saying his victory “reflects the confidence of the Iranian people in his ability to serve his country and steer it toward prosperity and development.”

Sisi also wished the new president “success in his duties and expressed his appreciation of the good relations between the Egyptian and Iranian people.”

UN says keen to cooperate with Pezeshkian

Also on Monday, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the world body was keen to cooperate with Iran's new president when asked about about Iran’s presidential vote.

“We look forward to working with the new Iranian President,” he replied in a press briefing.

Pezeshkian, the 69-year-old trained heart surgeon and lawmaker, won Friday’s runoff presidential election against ex-nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, receiving 16.3 million votes compared to Jalili's 13.5 million.

In a victory speech, Pezeshkian described his victory as the start of “a new chapter” for the country.

The election was called early after Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi lost his life in a helicopter crash in May.

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