Iran’s Rouhani, Russia’s Putin to meet in New York Monday

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

The two presidents will hold talks on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

Earlier, the Iranian president sat down with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, French President Francois Hollande, Bolivian President Evo Morales, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

President Rouhani, at the head of a high ranking delegation, is attending the 70th session of the UN General Assembly underway at the UN Headquarters.

According ro reports, the Iranian president plans to leave his visit to New York unfinished in order to attend a memorial ceremony slated to be held in Tehran tomorrow for those pilgrims killed in a recent crush during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

The bodies of 130 Iranians who lost their lives in the tragic incident will be returned home to their loved ones on Tuesday.

So far, 169 Iranian pilgrims have been pronounced dead and more than a hundred others are confirmed to have been wounded in the tragic event.

Around 298 Iranian nationals who went missing after the tragedy are still unaccounted for.

The incident came nearly two weeks after tens of Hajj pilgrims were killed in another tragic incident in Mecca.

On September 11, a massive construction crane crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather, killing at least 107 people, including 11 Iranians, and injuring 201 others.

Hajj, the world’s largest annual gathering of people, has already witnessed numerous deadly crushes, fires and riots in the past.

Saudi authorities have come under fire for their inability to ensure the safety of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who converge on Mecca every year.

By Tasnim News Agency