Hopes for a new era in Iran as moderate Rohani wins presidential elections
Tehran (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The victory in the Iranian presidential of moderate Hassan Rohani, after eight years of the Ahmadinejad government has received a positive response in the international community, particularly the United States, the West, the UN and the Gulf monarchies.
In an interview with CBS News,
Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff of the United States, said that the White House
is "ready to work with Hassan Rohani, but only if he complies with the
requirements of the United Nations on the interruption of the nuclear
Last night, Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, said that with the election of moderate Rohani, the Union is hoping for a quick diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear dispute.
Positive signs also by the UN. Yesterday,
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, addressed his
"warmest congratulations" to the new Iranian President Hassan Rohani
and "will continue to encourage Iran to play a constructive role in
regional and international affairs."
The defeat of the conservative fringe opens new collaborations with the Sunni monarchies of the Persian Gulf. On hearing of Rohani's victory, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the UAE, sent a telegram to Tehran stressing that "our government is ready to work with you, in the interest of regional stability". Messages of congratulations and support also came from Saudi monarch and the Sheikh of Qatar, in recent years the main "enemies" of the Shiite Islamic Republic.
Instead the Israeli government, through
Prime Minister Netanyahu, said that "the international community must not
indulge in dreams, must not fall into the temptation to ease the pressure on
Iran, so that it stops its atomic projects."
Rohani, 64, won with over 50% of the votes in the first round by beating the conservative Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, current mayor of Tehran, who got 16.5% of the votes, overtaking Saeed Jalili, the chief negotiator in nuclear talks, up until last considered the main favorite for the final victory. The turnout was 72%.