Mohsen Mehralizadeh

Iran will work to repair relations with other countries and develop the economic cooperation with the world, presidential candidate Mohsen Mehralizadeh told Sputnik, outlining his plans in the event of victory.

Mehralizadeh is a former governor of Iran’s Isfahan province.

“My foreign policy plan includes an attempt to remove tensions and cooperate in order to strengthen economic relations and normalize financial relations between Iran and the world,” Mehralizadeh said.

According to him, Tehran will specifically focus on improving relationships with the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as the Islamic world.

Mehralizadeh added that economic, political and cultural relations with Russia are also important for Iran, and the Iranian administration under his presidency “will not forget the countries that were next to Tehran during difficult times.”

The Iranian presidential election will take place on June 18. Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani cannot take part in the vote, as he is now completing his second term, which is the maximum permitted under Iranian law.

In addition to Mehralizadeh, there are six other officially registered presidential candidates. These include incumbent top judge Ebrahim Raisi, National Security Council ex-head Saeed Jalili, Central Bank chief Abdolnaser Hemmati, lawmaker Sayyid Ghazizadeh, head of parliament’s research center Alireza Zakani, and Mohsen Rezaee, the head of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, an assembly whose task is to mediate arguments between parliament and the Guardian Council.

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