Iran parliament endorses President Rouhani's diplomatic outreach

Reuters

DUBAI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament, dominated byconservatives, strongly endorsed President Hassan Rouhani'sdiplomatic bid to break down mistrust at the United Nations inNew York last week, which ended with an historic phone call withPresident Barack Obama, Iranian media said.

The backing from the assembly, controlled by politicalfactions deeply loyal to Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,is a further sign that Rouhani has the backing of the Iranianestablishment.

Khamenei, the most powerful figure in Iran, has yet topublicly comment on Rouhani's trip.

In the first joint meeting between president and parliament,Rouhani briefed parliamentarians on his trip to New York,including discussions on Iran's nuclear dispute with the Westand regional relations, the student news agency ISNA said lateon Tuesday.

Two hundred and thirty parliamentarians, out of the total of290, signed a statement expressing their support of Rouhani forpresenting the image of a "powerful and peace-seeking Iran whichseeks talks and interaction for the settlement of regional andinternational issues," Fars news agency said.

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