Aug 5, 2021, 11:41 AM
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Iran speaker calls for expansion of ties with Ghana, Kazakhstan

Tehran, IRNA - Iran's Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf has received high-ranking officials from Ghana and Kazakhstan ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect Ebrahim Raisi at parliament in Tehran on Thursday.

Ghalibaf held talks with Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Askar Shakirov as well as Ibrahim Mohammed Awal is Ghana's Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture in separate meetings, where he emphasized on strengthening of cooperation.

The two foreign officials have traveled to Iran to take part in the swearing-in ceremony Thursday at 17:00 local time.
Ghalibaf called for expansion of relations with economic cooperation organizations such as the ECO and Eurasia based on the capabilities of neighboring and regional countries such as Kazakhstan.

Shakirov, for his part, emphasized that Kazakhstan's senate is ready to expand political and economic exchanges with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In another occasion, Ghalibaf held talks with Ghana's tourism minister, noting that Ghana is among the first trade partners of Iran in Africa, expressing hope that economic exchanges between the two countries will grow in the future.

Mohammed Awal thanked the Iranian government and people for their support especially in the education and health sectors, expressing hope that the United States' anti-Iran sanctions would be lifted soon.

Some other high-ranking officials and representatives of international organizations have arrived in Tehran to participate in the event.

Afghanistan's President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Iraqi President Barham Salih, Venezuelan vice president, Bangladesh's foreign minister, deputy foreign minister of South Korea, Ghana's deputy foreign minister, leader of Shia community in Turkey, deputy speaker of Kazakhstan's parliament, head of supreme council of Kyrgyzstan, as well as parliament speakers from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Zanzibar, Syria, Tanzania and Niger have arrived in Tehran to take part in the ceremony.

Deputy speaker of the Malaysian Parliament, Ghana's tourism minister, director general of Italy's Foreign Ministry and secretary-general of OPEC are also in Tehran to participate in the event.

High-ranking officials of the European Union headed by Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Action Enrique Mora arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to take part in the ceremony. The EU ambassador to Vienna and head of the Iran Action Desk in the European Union accompany Mora in the visit.

Ebrahim Raisi will be sworn in as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the parliament at 17:00 local time.

Out of over 59.3 million eligible voters, nearly 29 million took part in the 13th presidential election on June 18, 2021. Ebrahim Raisi won the presidential race with 17,926,345 votes out of the total 28,933,004 ballots, which shows 48.8 percent turnout.

The swearing-in of the president in Iran is based on Article 121 of the constitution. According to the constitution, in the swearing-in ceremony the Judiciary chief and members of the Expediency Council should be present in the parliament.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei endorsed the decree of Ebrahim Raisi as the 8th president of Iran on Tuesday.


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