Governments around the world are giving their reaction to the surprise landslide victory in Iran's presidential election of the ultra-conservative Mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
WHITE HOUSE SPOKESWOMAN MARIA TAMBURRI
We have expressed our clear concerns about the recent elections where over 1,000 candidates were disqualified from running and there were many allegations of election fraud and interference. We continue to stand with those who call for greater freedom for the Iranian people.
BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY JACK STRAW
I hope that under Mr Ahmadinejad's presidency, Iran will
take early steps to address international concerns about its nuclear programme and policies towards terrorism, human rights
and the Middle East peace process.
Regrettably, there were serious deficiencies in the election process by international standards... For the Iranian people to have a fully free choice about their country's future, they should be able to vote for candidates who hold the full
range of political views, not just candidates selected for them.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN
I am convinced that your election, which came as a result
of the Iranian people's will, will guarantee continuity in the development of partnership between our countries.
ISRAELI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SHIMON PERES
Neither the primaries nor the recent round of elections
were free, and were contests between extremists. The candidates
were pre-determined, as were the results...
The conclusion is that the dangerous combination of
extremists, non-conventional weapons and isolation from the West
will continue, and will generate a great deal of problems for the
GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER JOSCHKA FISCHER
The exclusion of numerous candidates before the election,
as well as the progress of the election itself, point to
Iran has shown steps in the right direction regarding the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human rights, the fight against terrorism and Middle East peace process.
However, Iran must provide objective guarantees its nuclear programme will only be used for peaceful means.
KUWAITI FOREIGN MINISTER SHEIKH MOHAMMAD AL-SALEM AL-SABAH
We hope that the new leadership will be able to build more
supportive bridges with its brethren in the Gulf Co-operation
Council (GCC), especially since there are issues between GCC
members and Iran.
PAKISTAN FOREIGN MINISTRY
We welcome the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the new president of Iran.
It is our hope that
relations between Pakistan and Iran would continue to
strengthen to the mutual advantage of the two countries.
JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTRY
Japan hopes that Iran's new President Ahmadinejad will
continue to implement domestic reforms and respond to the
nuclear problem by valuing relations with the international
Japan hopes that our traditional friendly
relations will progress and expand further.
AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTRY
We hope relations between Afghanistan and Iran will not
change with this election result.
INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY
The people of Iran are to be congratulated for the
tremendous support and enthusiasm they have shown for the
democratic electoral process.
As the task of governance beckons, we
are confident that we can continue to rely on Iran as a
force for peace, stability and moderation in its own region
THAI FOREIGN MINISTRY
We hope the relationship between Thailand and Iran will
progress, and that Iran will play an important role in
global and regional affairs.