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President Rouhani set to leave for New York to attend UN General Assembly

Politics - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is due to leave the Iranian capital for New York City to attend the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

President Rouhani will leave Tehran on Monday morning to attend the UN event, where he is scheduled to deliver a speech on September 24.

Among senior Iranian officials accompanying Rouhani on his trip are the president’s Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian, Head of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Mohammad Ali Najafi and Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh as well as Economy Minister Ali Tayyeb-Nia.

On September 25, Rouhani is due to address the special session of the Nuclear Disarmament Conference as the current chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

He will also address foreign ministers of the NAM, which is an international organization with 120 member states. Nearly two-thirds of the countries of the UN are also NAM members.

Additionally, the Iranian president is expected to meet and hold talks with world leaders on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting.

Rouhani has not ruled out the possibility of a meeting with US President Barack Obama during his upcoming New York visit.

“Meeting Barack Obama, the president of the US, is not on the agenda of my trip; of course, depending on the circumstances that come up, everything is possible in the world of politics,” President Rouhani said in an interview with American TV channel NBC in Tehran on September 18.

During the interview, the Iranian president also said he would elaborate on issues including Iran’s foreign policy and its position on regional and international matters in the forthcoming UN event.

 

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