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Rouhani UNGA meetings: All parties to JCPOA should contribute to its efficacy

September 23, The Iran Project – Iran’s President Rouhani arrived in New York on Tuesday to attend the 71st UN General Assembly session. Meetings and talks with a number of senior officials of countries, meetings with political and economic elite and meeting with religious leaders as well as speech in the UN General Assembly fall in the schedule of the president’s New York visit. Here, we review President Rouhani’s meetings in New York.

Iran-Italy officials’ meeting

President Rouhani has met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday afternoon (New York local time) in his first bilateral meeting in New York. In The meeting Rouhani Said Italy enjoys the opportunity during the post-sanctions era to be Iran’s first trade partner in Europe, noticing that recent bilateral visits were a turning point in relations displaying the two countries’ will for development and boost in cooperation.

Italian prime minister, for his part, underlined that Rome is enthusiastically looking to strengthen comprehensive ties with Tehran. “Italy is ready for any action in order to reinforce economic ties.”

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (photo by president.ir)

Iran-Turkey officials’ meeting

Then, Iranian president in a meeting with Turkish counterpart Erdoğan at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday evening said Tehran values relations with Ankara and is ready to expand cooperation in all areas, including combating terrorism and resolving regional crises.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also expressed his appreciation for the Iranian government and nation for supporting Turkey in the recent coup, and voiced confidence that the Islamic Republic would continue its support for Turkey.

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Iranian president also met with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the fringes of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iran-Britain officials’ meeting

President Rouhani met and conferred with Prime Minister of Britain Theresa May early on Wednesday morning Tehran local time, for the first time.

During the meeting, Iran’s president said all parties need to remain committed to detailed and full implementation of the JCPOA, calling it a great development and a basis for closer bilateral cooperation.

The British PM Theresa May, for her part, expressed contentment towards reinvigoration of Tehran-London relations in political and economic arenas over recent years; “Britain would back development of ties between the two sides in all fields.”

May underscored that London will continue its support for the JCPOA as a significant measure; “both sides need to remain committed to agreed principles.”

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has met with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Rouhani meeting with Muslim leaders in New York 

President Rouhani and his accompanying retinue also held a meeting with some religious leaders from around the world in New York on Tuesday local time (early Wednesday morning in Tehran).

During the meeting Rouhani stressed the importance of promoting unity and coordination within the Islamic world noting that the contemporary world is suffering from misleading interpretation of Islam and its teachings by Takfiri and terrorist groups.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting with world religious leaders (photo by president.ir)

Iran-France officials’ meeting

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with his French counterpart François Hollande in New York on Wednesday called on the European leaders to persuade their banks and insurance companies to do business with Iran.

he French president, for his part, called for the expansion of Tehran-Paris relations in all fields, and said, “The current situation created by the JCOPA should be heeded to broaden the relations between the two nations and all parties are required to remain committed to their pledges under the nuclear accord.”

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 20, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Iran-Swiss officials’ meeting

The Iranian President during his meeting on Wednesday with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann, expressed hope that Iran and Switzerland would be able to enhance bilateral economic ties following implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action.

The President of Swiss Confederation, for his part, said that his country was intended to develop its economic, financial and banking ties with the Islamic Republic.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann on Wednesday on the Sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iran-Slovenia officials’ meeting

President Rouhani on Wednesday in a meeting with Slovenian President Borut Pahor underlined Iran, Slovenia political intention to develop and deepen bilateral ties in all fields saying that making use of the vast existing capacities between the two capitals would be beneficial for both nations.

President Pahor also expressed Ljubljana’s interest and intention to develop politico-economic and cultural relations with Tehran.

He added that Slovenia is willing to reopen its embassy in Tehran and this indicates Slovenian strong intention to boost all-out ties with Iran.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Slovenian President Borut Pahor on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iran-Norway officials’ meeting

In a meeting with the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday local time on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly meeting, the Iranian President stressed the need for a new trend of ties to be established between Iran and Oslo in the post-JCPOA era.

He said the nuclear agreement provided a new chance to remove shortcomings in bilateral relations caused by the unfair sanctions.

Solberg, on her part, highlighted Norway’s determination to deepen and enhance relations with Iran in the post-sanctions era.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iran-Sweden officials’ meeting

In a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven, Mr. Rouhani pursued his major theme of promoting the cause of Iran’s banking restrictions as well; “Iran welcomes transfer of technologies and investment from Sweden; both sides should support and encourage bilateral trade and cooperation. In banking sector, addressing Iran’s problems in doing banking transactions would transform trade with major European countries to a new improved status,” he told the meeting.

Mr. Löfven for his part said that his country welcomed Iran’s proposal to address banking sector problems; he shared Rouhani’s views on terrorism in the Middle East and the crisis in Yemen, where intervention in Syria and Yemen had rendered these countries devastated; “all should work to restore peace to these countries through political and diplomatic efforts,” he added.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Swedish Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iran-Bulgaria officials’ meeting

President Hassan Rouhani discussed bilateral relations with his Bulgarian counterpart Rosen Plevneliev here on Wednesday.

The Iranian President reviewed issues of mutual interest with the Bulgarian President during a meeting on the sidelines of the 71st meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with his Bulgarian counterpart Rosen Plevneliev on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iran-Iraq officials’ meeting

President Hassan Rouhani has met with Iraqi prime minister on the sidelines of UNGA in New York to ensure him of Iran’s continued support for the country in fight against ISIL.

Rouhani told al-Ebadi that stability in Iraq was important for Iran due to shared borders with Iraq; “Iran will continue to stand with Iraq government, Public Mobilization Forces, and people to bring ultimate defeat of ISIL, as she had been doing in recent months,” Rouhani added. “Bilateral relations have changed to better which Tehran welcomes especially in banking sector.”

Mr. al-Ebadi believed that relations with Tehran had been strategic for Baghdad where both countries had joint interests.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets withIraqi PM Heidar al-Ebadi on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Rouhani meeting with UN Secretary General

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his meeting on Wednesday with President Hassan Rouhani called for Iran’s help to end the ongoing crises in Syria and Yemen.

The United nations Secretary General also emphasized full implementation of nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1, known also as the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action by all parties.

Rouhani also said we expect the UN Secretariat to actively engage in facilitating the deal implementation; the spirit of cooperation should rule in the deal; any negligence in sides’ commitments would greatly reduce the effectiveness of the deal and would undermine the very negotiation the JCPOA is based upon.”

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iran-Pakistan officials’ meeting

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed his desire to be a part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project during his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of 71th UNGA session.

Rouhani and Sharif both believed that Iran and Pakistan should expand relations to levels higher than the current level; Rouhani highlighted common historical and cultural affinities of Iran and Pakistan and the importance his government attached to relations with this southeastern neighbor; “Pakistan is a neighbor country and we see Gwadar port city not a rival for Chabahar and believe that development of the port would not undermine Chabahar’s role as a port of importance,” Rouhani told Sharif; “Iran welcomes contributing to Pakistan’s energy sector through providing gas via pipelines the construction of which has been suspended; banking and financial ties are also important in transactions, and both sides should work to remove hurdles to rapid banking exchanges.”

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Iran- Japan officials’ meeting
President Rouhani in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said that the post-JCPOA era is a proper chance for Iran and Japan to upgrade bilateral cooperation to favorable level.
Rouhani voiced Iran’s readiness to prepare ‘a roadmap for economic ties for joint economic cooperation with Japan in the next 10 years.’ The idea was warmly welcomed by the Japanese side.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abe voiced pleasure for meeting with President Rouhani again and said Japan is thankful to Iran’s approach of constructive engagement with the world and strives for expansion of bilateral relations in diversified domains.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Rouhani meeting with American elites

President Rouhani in a meeting attended by American elites and intellectuals on the fringes of the event on Wednesday evening urged world elites to try to convince politicians and leaders of certain countries that it is a must to fight terrorism as a real danger.
Presently, the main problem is that politicians and leaders of certain countries are still doubtful about danger of terrorism, President Rouhani said without directly referring to the name of any country.

Besides, touching upon the issue of Iran nuclear accord, he said that all parties should help its complete and precise implementation.

Iran-Greece officials’ meeting

Iranian president in a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday underlined that Iran welcomes expansion of Tehran-Athens relations.

A new chapter in relations between the two countries has begun and full implementation of agreements will build a powerful foundation for the future ties,” President Rouhani said.

The Iranian president stressed that banking relations should develop, and said: “Banking relations is the main base for economic ties and, simultaneously, private sectors of both countries should be encourage to cooperate more.’

The Greek prime minister, for his part, said that Athens is willing to cement ties with Tehran in all fields, especially economy, and added, “Greece wants to be a bridge between Iran and Europe and implementation of the roadmap for development of ties that was finalized in Tehran will ascertain this idea.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras here on Thursday on the sidelines of 71st UNGA session.

Rouhani speech in UNGA

Finally after two days of meetings with senior officials of other countries, President Rouhani delivered his last speech in his first term at the United Nations General Assembly session n New York on Thursday. 

In the speech, the Iranian president pointed to the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers, and described the nuclear negotiations which resulted in the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an exemplary model of diplomacy.

He said the conclusion of the JCPOA put an end to a “fabricated crisis” about Tehran’s nuclear program and recognized the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program.

He warned the United States against reneging on its commitments stipulated in the JCPOA and said any Washington’s delay in implementing the nuclear agreement would further discredit the US in the global arena.

“The US procrastination in fulfilling its commitments over the past months is a strategic mistake which needs to be compensated for immediately,” Rouhani added.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech at the 71st UN General Assembly session in New York, US, September 22, 2016. (Photo by IRNA)

Rouhani Press conference in New York

After all, Mr. president held a press conference in New York on Thursday before leaving for home.

In the presser, Rouhani said complicated international issues can be solved through dialogue and constructive engagement.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said the US has not been over the past 18 months to live up to its JCPOA commitments.

He touched on the US freezing Iranian assets and said Iran will lodge lawsuit in the Hague to that end.

In the end, he added that Iran will have appropriate reaction with the future government of the US if it respects its national interests and is not after raising tension.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a press conference in New York, the United States, on September 22, 2016.

Returning home

President Hassan Rouhani left New York for Tehran a few minutes ago after attending and delivering a speech at the 71st regular session of the UN General Assembly.

He arrived in New York on Tuesday after wrapping up his tour of Latin America for attending the 17th NAM Summit, where he delivered a speech to outline Iran’s stances.

To Wrap up, It seems that restrictions in Iran’s banking and financial transactions and calling for stern campaign against terrorism have been a major issue to advance for President Rouhani in his New York meetings with European countries.