Iran says its president turned down a meeting with Trump
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Iran says its president turned down a meeting with Trump

Hassan Rouhani rejected request to speak with US counterpart on sidelines of UN General Assembly in September, Tehran claims

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, addresses the 72nd UN General Assembly on September 20, 2017, at the United Nations in New York. (AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS)
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, addresses the 72nd UN General Assembly on September 20, 2017, at the United Nations in New York. (AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s foreign ministry said that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani turned down a meeting with US President Donald Trump during his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly in September.

The Sunday report by the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying “an intention was expressed by the American side that was not approved by President Rouhani,” in reference to the alleged meeting request.

In 2013, then US President Barack Obama and Rouhani spoke by telephone, the highest-level contact between the two countries in decades, prompting an outcry from Iranian hardliners.

Then US resident Barack Obama shakes hands as he meets with then Republican president-elect Donald Trump (L) on transition planning in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Jim Watson/AFP)

Since then there has been no such communication between Tehran and Washington, which officially severed diplomatic ties in 1979.

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