Published June 18, 2013
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has met his newly elected successor Hasan Rowhani.
A Tuesday report by the official IRNA news agency said Ahmadinejad congratulated Rowhani for his Friday victory in the election. The meeting was aimed at "coordination" between the two.
Rowhani, who won the election in the first round by taking nearly 51 percent of votes, said the country can promote welfare and global progress by "respecting differences."
Under the law Ahmadinejad was not able to run for a third consecutive term.
Rowhani has vowed for better ties with the world, and aims to reduce the West's sanctions against Iran over the country's disputed nuclear program.
The West suspects Iran intends to use the program to build a weapon. Iran denies the charge.