Iranian prez Rouhani pledges 'slogan-free diplomacy' in foreign affairs

London, Aug. 18 : New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to move away from sloganeering in foreign diplomacy.

During the inauguration of his new foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, Rouhani said one of the reasons he was elected was to change his country's foreign policy, but added this did not mean Iran was abandoning its principles.

According to the BBC, Rouhani implied that he would move away from the bombastic style of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

He said that foreign policy is not carried out by repeating slogans, adding that one of the messages of the voters in the presidential election was that they wanted a change in foreign policy.

He added that that does not mean abandoning our principles but it does mean a change of method.

Rouhani said that foreign policy was 'key to solving our current problems'.

--ANI (Posted on 18-08-2013)

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