'Ex-British minister may attend Rouhani's inauguration'

Tehran, July 19 (IANS) Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw may attend Hassan Rouhani's inauguration ceremony, an advisor to the Iranian president-elect has said.

"It is possible that Mr. Straw, who previously showed an interest to travel to Iran, would be invited to the incoming (inauguration) ceremony" of Rouhani, reported Xinhua citing Morteza Bank as saying Thursday.

Earlier this month, Straw told the BBC that he was "more hopeful " about the incoming president to help resolve the country's nuclear issue.

Rouhani won the presidential election June 14 by garnering 50.71 per cent of the votes. He will take office in early August to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been ruling Iran for eight years.

On Tuesday, Iran foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Araqchi told reporters that his country welcomes Straw's plan to visit Iran.

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