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In New York for General Assembly, Rouhani says Iran seeks extensive interaction with world



Upon arrival at John F Kennedy Airport in New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reiterated that Tehran’s strategy is extensive interaction with the world.

Rouhani added that he would hold meetings with heads of countries, senior clerics of Islamic countries, US media, the Iranian elite living in the United States as well as those from other countries. “We will also hold talks with heads of European, Asian, African and Latin American countries.”

Rouhani is highly expected to discuss the 2015 nuclear deal his administration signed with the P5+1 group of countries. Washington’s stance on the historic accord is likely to take center stage during his meetings with world leaders.

The Iranian president was greeted by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who had traveled there a few days earlier. The foreign ministers of Iran and the six countries of the P5+1 are also likely to meet to discuss the nuclear deal on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting.

The JCPOA was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the US, Russia, China, France, and Britain plus Germany — in July 2015 and took effect in January 2016. Under the deal, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has on multiple occasions affirmed Iran’s adherence to its commitments under the nuclear agreement.

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