Tehran, Iran, Sept. 22
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to bring up the issue of Iranophobia in his speech at the 69th Annual Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
"The General Assembly is one of the important international venues where the entire world can hear the true voice of the Iranian nation," he said, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported on September 22.
Rouhani plans to brings up different issues such as Iranophobia, Islamophobia, and the growth of instability and terrorism in the Middle East during his meetings and speeches.
Rouhani left Tehran for New York on Monday, for his second visit to New York since he took the office last year, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on September 21.
Rouhani is expected to deliver his speech on September 25.
Iranian government's spokesman, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on September 19 that a possible meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart Barack Obama is not scheduled yet, Iran's Fars news agency reported Sept. 17.
Speculation about the possible talks between the two sides in particular has been mounting because the counterparts spoke by phone last year in September on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly.
The phone conversation was the first direct communication in decades between the heads of state of the two countries.
Iranian conservatives severely criticized Rouhani on the issue. Extremist groups held protests against Rouhani, upon his return to Tehran from New York. The protesters threw shoes at Rouhani.
Some Iranian media outlets and in particular the radical Keyhan newspaper, claimed that foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif has confessed that Rouhani's phone call with his counterpart Barack Obama were subject to Khamenei's criticism.