Rouhani congratulates Assad on victory

Iran president Rouhani
Iran president Rouhani

Iran’s President has extended his congratulations to Syria’s President on his landslide victory on June 3 presidential election.

 The Iranian president sent a message to his Syrian counterpart on Sunday, saying successful holding of Syria’s presidential election indicated that the Syrian people are determined to be present in their country’s political arena and to decide their own fate, Press TV reported.

“The results of this election show Syrian people’s trust and determination for moving toward stability, security and national solidarity,” Rouhani said.

He further termed the Syrian presidential vote as a “promising step toward democracy.”

The Iranian president expressed confidence that Syria will weather the crisis which has been imposed on it as the country moves toward peace and unity.

According to official figures released late on Wednesday, Assad won nearly 90 percent of the votes cast in Syria’s presidential race. Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court also announced that over 73 percent of the 15.8 million eligible voters had taken part in the election.

Following the announcement, people took to the streets throughout the country in large numbers to celebrate Assad’s victory.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the foreign-backed militants.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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