Iran’s President Congratulates Macron, Hopes for Closer Ties with Paris

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated French president-elect Emmanuel Macron on election win, voicing Tehran’s readiness for stronger relations with Paris in diverse fields.

In a congratulatory message to Macron on Monday, President Rouhani expressed the hope that the “age-old relations” between Iran and France would grow during the French politician’s term in order to serve the interests of the two sides.

Cooperation and interaction between Iran and France, which are fortunately following an upward trend, would stimulate bilateral ties in all areas of mutual interests, including political, economic and cultural affairs, Rouhani added.

“I’d like to express the Islamic Republic of Iran’s preparedness for steady exchange of views (with France) on bilateral, regional, and international issues,” the Iranian president said.

He also called for the removal of obstacles to enhancement of Tehran-Paris relations.

On Sunday, the pro-EU centrist Macron won the French presidency with a decisive victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen that his supporters hailed as holding back the tide of populism.

Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 65.1% to Le Pen’s 34.9%.

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