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Iranian President Rouhani on fence on foreign policy future

Iranian President Rouhani on fence on foreign policy future
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to lawmakers before he submits his budget to the Iranian parliament in Tehran, Iran on December 8, 2013. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian | License Photo

TEHRAN, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave his own foreign policy initiatives a mixed report before a Tuesday governor's conference in Tehran.

Rouhani spoke before a conference of the governors from Iran's 31 provinces. He told the delegates national policies during his tenure should be "based on realities," the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

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Rouhani took office in August after besting several conservative candidates in elections last year. A former chief nuclear negotiator, he vowed to re-engage with the international community as a moderate.

Since he took office, Iran has held several rounds of nuclear negotiations with members of the international community. An interim deal reached in Geneva, Switzerland, in late 2013 offers Iran relief from some economic sanctions in exchange for a suspension of some uranium enrichment activity.

In terms of his own foreign policy, Rouhani said he was neither optimistic nor overly pessimistic about Iran's future role on the international stage.

Iran expressed frustration Monday that it wasn't invited to play a central role in talks aimed at finding a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria.

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