Saudi king congratulates Rowhani on Iranian election victory

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Saudi King Abdullah congratulated on Sunday Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rowhani on his victory.

The king sent a telegraph wishing the Iranian president good health and happiness, and the people of Iran ‘steady progress and prosperity.’

The Saudi king also praised recent statements by Rowhani on enhancing Saudi-Iranian ties.

Earlier, Rowhani told pan-Arab Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that he was interested in joint cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic republic for both the security and the stability of the region.

“Iran and Saudi Arabia can play a positive role in dealing with major regional issues such as security in the Gulf,” Rowhani stressed.

Rowhani headed Iran’s nuclear negotiating team in the early 2000s under reformist president Mohammad Khatami.

He has been an outspoken critic of outgoing President Ahmadinejad, accusing him of needlessly antagonizing the international community.

Rowhani scored a landslide victory over his conservative rivals without the need of a second round run-off, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on state television on Saturday.

Najjar said 72 percent of the 50 million eligible voters had turned out to vote, and that Rowhani had secured 18.6 million votes, just over the 50.71 percent of the vote needed to avoid a run-off.

Here are the final results of the Iranian elections as calculated by Reuters from the total number of votes cast and rounded.

Total Votes Cast: 36,704,156

1. Hassan Rowhani: 18,613,329 / 50.71 percent
2. Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf: 6,077,292 / 16.56 percent
3. Saeed Jalili: 4,168,946 / 11.36 percent
4. Mohsen Rezaie: 3,884,412 / 10.58 percent
5. Ali Akbar Velayati: 2,268,753 / 6.18 percent
6. Mohammad Gharazi: 446,015 / 1.22 percent