Hassan Rouhani turned down a meeting with Donald Trump during UNGA: Iran

Iran's foreign ministry says that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani turned down a meeting with President Donald Trump during his visit to New York.

AP October 30, 2017 11:43:00 IST
Hassan Rouhani turned down a meeting with Donald Trump during UNGA: Iran

Tehran: Iran's foreign ministry says that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani turned down a meeting with President Donald Trump during his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly in September.

Hassan Rouhani turned down a meeting with Donald Trump during UNGA Iran

File image of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Reuters

The Sunday report by the semi-official ILNA news agency quotes 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, the 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.

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

Also, on Monday, Iran's parliament approved two nominees by Rouhani to head the ministries of energy and higher education.

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani says 225 of 276 lawmakers in attendance voted for Reza Ardakanian to serve as energy minister. Mansour Gholami secured 180 votes to serve as the minister of science, who is in charge of universities and higher education.

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