In his first news conference, the reformist-backed leader set out how he intends to govern since being voted in with a landslide on Friday.
Mr Rouhani said he will pursue constructive interaction with the world and hopes all countries will use the opportunity of his election to seize a new chance of friendly relations.
But he stopped short of saying that Iran would end its programme of uranium enrichment, which the West says is part of a plan to develop nuclear weapons.
He also called for an end to the sanctions placed on Iran by the West that have crippled the Iranian economy.
He said: "We are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks."
He urged his country not to be held back by past policies, emphasising messages from Western leaders since his victory that had brought hope of new openings with Tehran.
But he sidestepped the issue of Iran's close alliance with Syria's Bashar Assad, saying that the efforts to end the civil war and restore stability rested with the "Syrian people."
Iran's president does not have authority to set major policies such as the direction of the nuclear programme or relations with the West.
All such decisions rest with the ruling clerics and the powerful Revolutionary Guard, which have so far appeared to embrace Mr Rouhani.