World leaders arrive in Tehran to attend Rouhani’s inaugural ceremony

TEHRAN, Aug. 04 (MNA) – Since late on Wednesday, diplomatic delegations, representatives, presidents, and prime ministers from around the world are arriving in Tehran to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Rouhani.

Namibian diplomatic delegation, headed by the Minister of Land Reform, Uutoni Najuma, arrived in Tehran early on Thursday to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran who is going to officially take the office for another 4-year term on Saturday.  

“The President of North Korea arrived in Tehran, at 02:00 a.m on Thursday to attend the ceremony,” said Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour on a TV news show broadcast by Channel 2 of IRIB.

“To have a symbolic move for the cooperation of the government and the parliament on Saturday an unprecedented event will happen,” highlighted the deputy FM; “so far 131 figures from 85 countries and 8 international organizations have announced their yes to attend the ceremony while the last edition of the event hosted only 47 countries.”

He described the scope of event to be of prime magnificent as some countries in the region are after pushing Iran to an isolation corner. He also highlighted that 30 figures from 23 countries of Europe are attending the ceremony which is again an unprecedented statistics for inauguration ceremonies in Iran.

Early on Friday King Letsie III of Lesotho was welcomed at Imam Khomeini airport of Tehran. The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was another foreign guest who arrived in Tehran on Friday to participate in oath-taking ceremony of Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who was invited to attend the ceremony, at a phone call he had with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani apologized for not being able to attend the ceremony and announced that Iraqi President Fuad Masum will represent his country at the event.

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick, the UK Prime Minister's trade envoy to Iran, and the Vice-Chairman of the Britain-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group MP Richard Bacon who are to represent the UK at the event also arrived in Tehran on Friday.

Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi the former President of Comoros was another world figure who arrived in Tehran on Friday.

Robert Mugabe the Zimbabwean President and Igor Dodon the Moldovan President are now in Tehran.

Hezbollah's Deputy Secretary General, Sheikh Naim Qassem and Archbishop Alberto Ortega Martin, the Special envoy of world Catholic Church Leader and Bishop of Rome Pope Francis, were welcomed in Tehran on Thursday.

Swearing-in ceremony will be held on Saturday afternoon on the parliament venue.

Eight presidents, 19 parliament speakers, 9 vice-presidents and prime ministers, seven parliament vice-speakers, 11 foreign ministers and 35 special envoys are participating in swearing-in ceremony.

Also, 12 deputy foreign ministers, six heads of parliamentary friendship groups and two heads of foreign policy commissions of parliaments are among participants.


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