Iran boycotted the haj last year after hundreds of people, many of them Iranians, died in a crush at the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in 2015.
Former president Mohammad Khatami reached out to voters through social media to gather support for Rouhani in upcoming Iran elections.
Although a long shot, the charismatic mayor could emerge as a strong contender to President Rouhani if he manages to beat the other hardliners.
Rouhani responded to the challenges posed over the nuclear deal payoff by saying oil prices have surged and the economy just needed more time to recover.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei told presidential candidates to champion economic self-sufficiency and be less engaged with the opening up to the West.
The approval of Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, and Ebrahim Raisi, a political hardliner thought to have the backing of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sets up a showdown between rival political camps.
In conversation with analyst Muhammad Sahimi on Iran’s upcoming presidential elections, the country’s deep state, the nuclear deal with the US and the Trump administration’s state.
Prominent conservatives have, however thrown their weight behind Rouhani, who has a policy of open-mindedness towards the West, which would benefit Iran.
Although the move was seen as an attempt to bolster an ally’s candidacy, it was also a challenge to the authority of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
US President Donald Trump is poised to impose new sanctions on Iran to counter what he sees as it’s destabilising behaviour.
Gun trucks and humvees streamed north heading to Mosul, flying the banners of Shi’ite militias along with Iraqi flags while blaring religious songs.
The already strained relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia suffered another blow when a top cleric denounced Iranian leaders as not proper Muslims.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the world of Islam must reconsider Saudi Arabia’s management of Mecca and Medina and the issue of haj.
Investors and top-tier foreign banks fear US action could shut them out of the international banking system if they deal, even by mistake, with sanctioned bodies.
“We haven’t test-fired a missile with the range media reported,” Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.
The Islamic Republic has worked to improve the range and accuracy of its missiles over the past year, which it says will make them a more potent deterrent with conventional warheads against its enemy Israel.