Iran President Rejects Trump’s Call for Bilateral Meeting at UNGA

Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has rejected his US counterpart’s request for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the recent UN General Assembly in New York.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Sunday confirmed that ‘the American side was interested in a bilateral meeting, but the offer was not accepted by President Rouhani.”

Qassemi, however, denied the allegations that French President Emmanuel Macron or other parties had a role in this regard.

Qassemi made the remarks in reaction to a Sunday report by Fars News Agency, which quoted Mahdi Faza’eli, an Iranian analyst, as saying Rouhani had rejected a request by Trump for face-to-face talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly conference in New York last month.

Noting that the demand was raised one day after Trump’s insulting speech against Iran at the UN, he said French President Macron has also been trying to persuade President Rouhani to accept the meeting, but failed.

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