Outgoing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad formally endorsed Hasan Rouhani as the new president on Saturday.
Earlier, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei formally endorsed Rouhani as president, allowing the moderate cleric to take charge of the country.
Late Saturday, Rouhani met with North Korean politician Kim Yong Nam, and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardai his first meeting with foreign officials.
Iran’s media SUnday said the new president has appointed a U.S.-educated businessman as his chief of staff.
Rouhani won Iran’s presidential election on July 14 by garnering 50.7 percent of the votes, far ahead of his five conservative-‘principlism’ rivals.
He has pledged to follow a “path of moderation” and promised greater openness over the country’s nuclear programme, which has placed it at odds with the West.