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Lebanese, Palestinian Resistance Leaders in Tehran to attend Rouhani inauguration



Sheikh Naim Qassem, the deputy secretary-general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, the secretary-general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), arrived in Tehran on Friday to attend the oath-taking ceremony of President-elect Rouhani.

Upon their arrival in Tehran, the two officials were accorded warm welcome by Abdolreza Azizi, the head of Social Commission of the Iranian Parliament.

Rouhani is due to take the oath of office in front of the parliament on Saturday afternoon in a ceremony to be attended by top-ranking Iranian officials as well as senior officials from 92 countries.

Eight presidents, 19 parliament speakers, nine vice presidents and prime ministers, seven parliament vice-speakers, 11 foreign ministers and 35 special envoys from different countries will reportedly attend the ceremony.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei endorsed Rouhani’s presidential decree in a ceremony on Thursday.

Rouhani was reelected as president for a second consecutive term in national elections on May 19, securing nearly 57% of the total votes cast.

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