President Karzai leaves for Iran to attend Hassan Rouhani’s swearing ceremony

KABUL: (MEP) – Afghan president Hamid Karzai accompanied by a delegation of high level government officials on Sunday left capital Kabul for Tehran, to attend the inauguration of newly elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, Khaama reported.

Presidential palace media office following a statement announced that president Karzai is accompanied by foreing affaris minister Dr. Zalman Rassoul, national security adviser Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, president Karzai’s chief of staff Abdul Karim Khurram and Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Hamid Karzai.

Hassan Rouhani will be publicly inaugurated on Sunday when he takes the oath of office in parliament. According to local media agencies, the inauguration ceremony will be attended by 10 presidents and other senior foreign officials.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni on Saturday formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani in a ceremony that was attended by top Iranian figures including outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and foreign dignitaries.

Rouhani, a relatively moderate cleric and a former nuclear negotiator for Iran won the June 14 presidential election, and will take the oath of office today in Iran’s parliament.

The Iran’s reform movement has full support to Hassan Rouhani, and wants the new president to release political prisoners and have international sanctions lifted.

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