Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran; photos by Mohammad Kazempour
Iran's Expediency Council held a session on Saturday morning. The heads of the three branches of government, namely President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani attended the session.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) with Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
At the beginning of the session, EC Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a speech in which he welcomed the new members of the council.
In a decree issued on March 14, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed the members of the council for a new five-year term.
In his speech, Rafsanjani also thanked President Ahmadinejad for attending the session and expressed hope that he will regularly participate in the meetings of the council.
Ahmadinejad had not attended the sessions of the council since three years ago.
In addition, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, presented a report of the negotiations that were held between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in Istanbul on April 14.
Jalili, who is Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, headed the Iranian delegation in the Istanbul talks.
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