A week after the first debate, the six candidates racing for Iran’s presidency convened at the same TV studio to attract the most voters in their favor. The second debate among the six candidates of the 12th Iranian presidential election has been aired live on state television. The candidates will outline their political and cultural plans for the post. They were given an equal time to garner as many votes as possible in order to win the ticket to the office. Presidential debate soon diverted from cultural and educational issues to political spat between President Rouhani and Tehran Mayor Ghalibaf. From the very beginning when Ghalibaf was asked to present his plans for speeding country’s educational and scientific growth, he accused Rouhani’s administration of corruption recounting that a lawsuit has been concluded against Rouhani’s education minister smuggling Italian clothes into Iran.
The meeting between Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was held on Tuesday evening as part of Rouhani’s two-day visit to Moscow. Putin, while deeming Iran as a good neighbour and trustable partner, said the two sides have held diplomatic ties for the past 500 years. “Tehran and Moscow have hold partnership in all areas which entails international affairs as well as resolving extremely complicated issues in political and economic sectors”, he continued. Also at the meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said cooperation between Russia and the Islamic Republic is not directed against third countries, but is aimed at strengthening stability in the region.