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Ebrahim Raisi Declared Iran’s New President, US Questions Election Fairness

Washington: The US State Department on Saturday (local time) claimed that the presidential election in Iran was not run fairly, but America will continue to progress with its interests in Iran regardless of who is in power, a department spokesperson told Sputnik.

New Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (Photo Credit: PTI)

Washington: The US State Department on Saturday (local time) claimed that the presidential election in Iran was not run fairly, but America will continue to progress with its interests in Iran regardless of who is in power, a department spokesperson told Sputnik.

The Iranian Interior Ministry on Saturday declared that Ebrahim Raisi won the election with nearly 62 per cent to his favour. The voter turnout was 48.8 per cent – the lowest in the history of Iran.

“We’ve seen that the Iranian Interior Minister announced Ebrahim Raisi as the winner of the Iranian elections that occurred on Friday, but also make note that Iranians were denied their right to choose their own leaders in a free and fair electoral process,” a US State Department spokesperson told Sputnik on Saturday.

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Furthermore, numerous world leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, have already extended their congratulations to Raisi on his victory.

The State Department spokesperson told Sputnik that the United States will continue discussions with its partners and allies on a comeback to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal.

“Our Iran policy is designed to advance U.S. interests, regardless of who is in power. We would like to build on the meaningful progress achieved during the latest round of talks in Vienna,” the spokesperson said.

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On June 19, the European Union External Action Service revealed that the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was going to resume the negotiations in Vienna on June 20. Representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran will attend the talks.

The participants will continue to discuss a possible return of the United States to the nuclear deal and ways to ensure its full and effective implementation.

(With ANI Inputs)

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