Pres­i­dent Rouhani starts his sec­ond term in Iran

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - AFP

Tehran, Iran - Mod­er­ate cleric Has­san Rouhani was to be in­au­gu­rated for a sec­ond term as Ira­nian pres­i­dent in front of for­eign guests on Satur­day.

Among the guests were EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini, who has vowed to con­tinue build­ing ties with Iran de­spite mount­ing pres­sure from the United States to keep the Is­lamic repub­lic iso­lated.

Meet­ing with Mogherini be­fore the cer­e­mony in par­lia­ment, Rouhani called for greater ef­forts to uphold the 2015 nu­clear deal struck by Tehran and world pow­ers in the face of new US sanc­tions passed last week.

“Re­peated breaches of com­mit­ments by the US ad­min­is­tra­tion...can be de­struc­tive,” he said, quoted by the of­fi­cial IRNA news agency.

“All sides have a heavy re­spon­si­bil­ity to safe­guard this agree­ment which was achieved by a lot of ef­fort.”

Some of Iran’s older friends, in­clud­ing Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, also ar­rived for the cer­e­mony, which came two days af­ter Rouhani was of­fi­cially sworn in by the coun­try’s supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei.

But among Ira­ni­ans, the real at­ten­tion was on who would be named to Rouhani’s new cabi­net.

He has al­ready been bar­raged with crit­i­cism over in­di­ca­tions that women would again be en­tirely ab­sent.

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