UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the new government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for releasing political prisoners and opening a new round of dialogue with the international community, dpa reported.
Ban, who met with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at UN headquarters, said he plans to discuss with Rouhani next week "all matters of mutual concern."
"I am pleased that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has taken some concrete steps to fulfill the promises made by President Rouhani during his election campaign," Ban told reporters.
Rouhani is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly for the first time Tuesday.
Teheran on Wednesday unexpectedly freed 11 political prisoners, including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
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