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Modi congratulates Rouhani on re-election as Iran President

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Modi today congratulated Hassan Rouhani on his re-as the President of and affirmed India's commitment to strengthen the "special relationship" between the two nations.

"Heartiest congratulations to my friend, President @HassanRouhani on his re-election," Modi tweeted in English and Persian languages.

"remains committed to strengthening our special relationship with Iran," he added.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that will continue to achieve new heights under the dynamic leadership of President Rouhani.

Rouhani, a 68-year-old cleric, won a resounding re- victory today as voters backed his efforts to rebuild foreign ties and kickstart the struggling economy.

Rouhani, who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, framed the as a choice between greater civil liberties and "extremism".

He defeated 56-year-old hardline cleric Raisi, who had had positioned himself as a defender of the poor and called for a much tougher line with the West.

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 19:02 IST