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Hassan Rouhani Tweets: Iranian President Elect Digs Up 2003 Photo Highlighting Openness Towards West (TWEET, PHOTO)

06/18/2013 06:40 pm ET

Iran's newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, took to Twitter on Tuesday to convince the world -- and especially the U.S. -- of his 'moderate' stance and willingness to engage with the West.

On his English-language Twitter account, Rouhani tweeted a photo of himself in 2003 visiting an American hospital set up in Iran's southeast after a devastating earthquake had hit the city of Bam.

As the New York Times explains, Rouhani visited the field hospital while touring the disaster zone as Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. "Mr. Rouhani made it a point to visit it and take photographs with American doctors," the newspaper adds.

Other tweets today included links to a Christian Science Monitor story highlighting Rouhani's vow to "reset relations with the world" and a link to a CBS article describing the president-elect as a "bridge-builder."

In the wake of his election, Rouhani -- a former nuclear negotiator often dubbed "Diplomatic Sheikh" -- stressed he wanted to rebuild Iran's relations with the rest of the world. "This victory is a victory of wisdom, a victory of moderation, a victory of growth and awareness and a victory of commitment over extremism and ill-temper," Rouhani told state television, according to Reuters.

Rouhani added that there was a new chance "in the international arena" for "those who truly respect democracy and cooperation and free negotiation."

Yet as almost every Tweep, the Twitter feed of Iran's new leader wasn't entirely professional. Rouhani appeared almost ecstatic after the Iranian soccer team qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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