Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, right, receives Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi in Beirut, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has tasked newly appointed envoys including Tehran's incoming Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fathali with cultivating mutually beneficial relations that uphold each nation's independence, Iran's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.Fathali will replace Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi, who will leave his post this summer, a source at the Iranian Embassy told The Daily Star.Rouhani met Monday with Fathali along with five other newly appointed ambassadors to Kuwait, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Lithuania, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Iran's Foreign Ministry website said. Rouhani encouraged the newly appointed envoys to cultivate mutually beneficial relations with each of the countries to which they have been assigned.Iran, he stressed, would back any widely agreed-upon president.
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