A new president and a new era – that is what Washington is wondering after Iran’s Hassan Rohani was sworn in and quickly indicated a readiness for dialogue.
The White House has responded saying it is willing to work with Rohani’s government, urging him to end the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme.
In his inaugural speech Rohani said:“If you seek a suitable answer, speak to Iran through the language of respect, not through the language of sanctions.”
While Rohani made no mention of the Iran’s nuclear programme he did reach out to groups outside the country with talk of building mutual trust. At the same time he promised Iranians a government of moderation.
Ordinary Iranians appeared to expect a lot from their new president.
“I hope, in the next four years, we no longer see the faults and the mental and economic pressure on the country that we have experienced in the past few years,” said one Tehran resident.
Another was more concerned about Iran’s youth: “They have problems. The problems of unemployment and the economy have to be solved, so that they can live a more comfortable life. Inflation also has to be sorted out.”
Rohani’s first task was to nominate a cabinet for parliamentary approval that included some moderates in key positions.
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