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Ali Larijani appointed Secretary of Supreme National Security Council

Tehran, Aug 15, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Monday appointed former head of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Broadcasting Ali Larijani as new Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).

Ahmadinejad, in a decree, said the appointment was made based on Article 178 of the Constitution and with regards to Larijani's valuable executive experience and years of membership in the SNSC.

"You are expected to further activate the SNSC secretariat based on the dignity of the powerful Iranian nation, through planning, innovation and utilization of faithful and committed staff," he said.

The president hoped Larijani would prepare the ground for proper decision-making to safeguard the nation's dignity and interests, protect the Islamic Revolution and defend national security and territorial integrity.

He wished Larijani success in paying due attention to the Islamic government's four principles of justice promotion, friendship, serving the nation and Iran's spiritual elevation and economic progress.

Larijani, who was one of the eight hopefuls in the first round of presidential election in June, replaces Hassan Rowhani who have so far led negotiations with Europe over the country's nuclear program.

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