Re-elected Rouhani promises to strenghten ties with Western powers

Supporters of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani carry pictures of him as they celebrate his victory in the presidential elections, in the streets of Tehran, Iran, May 20, 2017.

Re-elected President Hassan Rouhani promised that Iran will strengthen ties with Western powers following his victory in the elections on Friday.

“Our nation’s message in the election was clear: Iran’s nation chose the path of interaction with the world, away from violence and extremism. Our nation wants to live in this world in friendship. But we are not ready to be humiliated and threatened. This is the most important message that our nation desires, and we hope all nations, both our regional neighbours and great powers, hear this,” Rouhani said during his victory speech.

Rouhani won the election with 23.5 million votes to his rival judge Ebrahim Raisi’s 15.8 million. Turn out at around 70 per cent, with Rouhani winning 57 per cent of the votes.

The re-election is likely to safeguard the nuclear agreement Rouhani’s government reached with global powers in 2015, under which most international sanctions have been lifted in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme.