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    Putin Congratulates Rouhani on 'Convincing Victory' in Iranian Presidential Vote

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    The Russian leader has congratulated Hassan Rouhani on being reelected as Iran's president.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Iran's incumbent President Hassan Rouhani on the victory in the national presidential election held Friday, the Kremlin's press service said Saturday.

    "Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to Hassan Rouhani congratulating him on a convincing victory in the Iranian presidential election," the statement read.

    The Russian president expressed readiness to further develop Russian-Iranian partnership on bilateral and international issues.

    "The Russian president expressed confidence in further successful implementation of the agreements, including those reached during the recent official visit of Hassan Rouhani to Russia, for the benefit of people in both countries and in the framework of maintaining stability and security in the Middle East and the whole world," the statement read further.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016
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    During Rouhani's visit to Russia in March 2017 the sides signed 16 cooperation agreements, touching upon such issues as the electrification of Iranian railways, transportation of nuclear materials, exploration of oil and gas fields and energy trade.

    On Friday, over 40 million people voted in the presidential election in Iran. Earlier in the day, Iran's Interior Ministry announced that Rouhani was reelected for the second term receiving 57 percent of votes.



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