Upon entering the religious city of Qom, Rouhani first attended a ceremonial dusting of the holy shrine of Masoumeh.
Rouhani then met with Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpaigani.
The President-elect also paid visit to Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi.
In his meetings, Rouhani stressed the need for the government to strengthen bonds with the clergy.
He deemed it necessary for the government in pursuing its duties to enjoy the clergy’s support and said "We will be constantly in contact with religious seminaries and the Marjas in order to be able to use their opinions in an ideal way.”
Rouhani is also to meet Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani and a number of other clergy members while in Qom.
This is Rouhani's first visit to the ayatollahs after his election.