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15:17 | 2013-05-28

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Presidential Candidate Keen to Expand Relations with Influential World Actors

TEHRAN (FNA)- Presidential Candidate Ali Akbar Velayati said on Tuesday that he will seek to consolidate Iran's ties with influential world actors, specially China and Russia, if he is elected as the country's next president.

"Friendly ties between Iran and influential world actors is among our plans," Velayati said, speaking to reporters in a press conference here at the Fars News Agency's premises in Tehran today, and added, "Our relations can be restored with different countries by means of a well-assessed and wise diplomacy."

Answering a question about his administration's foreign policy priority, Velayati stated, "Our ties with other countries, neighbors in particular, as well as countries which enjoy good relations with us, for example China, will be very good."

"The two key permanent UN Security Council members, China and Russia, set a priority for our foreign policy and we will also try to establish good ties with some other countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council," said Velayati, who is the Iranian Supreme Leader's top advisor for international affairs now.

Ali Akbar Velayati born 25 June 1945 is an Iranian politician, academic and diplomat. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for more than sixteen years from 1981 to 1997.

Campaigning for the June 14 presidential election kicked off in Iran on May 22 after the Guardian Council released the list of 8 qualified candidates, among them Velayati.

The eight qualified candidates represent a wide range of political streams from Principlists to reformers.

Campaigning will continue up to June 13, that is 24 hours before the start of the election.