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EghtesadOnline: President Hassan Rouhani who is New York to attend the 71st meeting of the UN General Assembly said that delivering a speech at the event, meeting the Muslim elite and meeting a number of heads of states are among his itinerary there.

“In my return from 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit meeting I had a short stay in Cuba and will have a short stay here in New York to deliver speeches at the UN General Assembly and among Muslim elite as well as among politicians and those in charge of the think thanks and one or two interviews and several meetings with the heads of the states,” President Rouhani told reporters in New York on Tuesday. 

President Rouhani arrived in New York on Tuesday to attend the 71st UN General Assembly meeting, reports Reuters.

Having stepped in the John F. Kennedy Airport, the president was welcomed by Iran’s Ambassador and staff of Iran’s representative office in the United Nations.

Meetings and talks with a number of senior officials of countries, meetings with political and economic elite and meeting with religious leaders as well as speech in the UN General Assembly fall in the schedule of the president’s New York visit.

President Rouhani will meet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday afternoon (New York local time) in his first bilateral meeting in New York.

Prior to visiting New York, the president paid official visit to Cuba, where he met and conferred with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, while attending a joint meeting with senior Iranian and Cuban officials and his Cuban counterpart. The two sides discussed ways of expanding mutual relations. 

On the first leg of his tour, the president had travelled to Caracas, Venezuela, to attend the 17th NAM Summit, where he delivered a speech to outline Iran’s stances. He also met and conferred with a number of officials attending the summit.

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