1396 year in review: President Rouhani meets top world officials, leaders

April 2, The Iran Project – The following timeline lists all visits made by over 45 high-ranking world officials and leaders with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during 1396 (2017-2018). Arranged in order of time, the timeline may not reflect all of the visits by top foreign officials.

**Farvardin (March 21-April 21)

March 28 – President Rouhani meets Russian Prime Minister in Moscow

President Rouhani in a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow stressed that mutual ties will play an effective role in promoting regional and international stability and security.

March 29 – Rouhani, Putin confer in Kremlin on global developments

President Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin conferred on issues of mutual interests as well as regional and global developments in Kremlin.

**Ordibehesht (April 21-May 21)

April 22 – President Rouhani meets Georgian Prime Minister

President Rouhani met Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Tehran. During the meeting, President Rouhani said the Islamic Republic can function as the passageway of Georgia and other regional countries to the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean while Georgia can connect Iran to the Black Sea.

April 24 – President Rouhani meets Pakistani official

President Rouhani met Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Tehran. Rouhani reiterated that countries which for years have provided financial and military support for terrorist groups cannot claim to be combating terrorism under the pretext of coalitions.

**Tir (June 22-July 21)

July 4 – President Rouhani, Total CEO meet

President Rouhani met Total Chairman and Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne in Tehran.

July 4 – President Rouhani meets Ammar Hakim in Tehran

President Rouhani held a meeting with Head of the National Iraqi Alliance (NIA) Ammar Hakim in Tehran.

July 12 – President Rouhani, Omani FM meet in Tehran

President Rouhani met Oman’s foreign minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Tehran.

July 21 – President Rouhani meets Iraqi PM

Iranian president met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran.

**Mordad (July 23-Aug 22)

Aug 5 – Rouhani meets world leaders in Tehran

Iran’s president met with some senior world’s officials including EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea Chung Sye-kyun, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov that had come to Tehran for attending his inauguration ceremony ahead of the event.

Aug 5 – Iranian-Afghan presidents meet in Tehran

President Rouhani met with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani in Tehran and stressed Iran’s resolve for expanding relations with the neighboring country, in economy, trade and mining.

Aug 6 – President  Rouhani, Kazakh FM meet 

President Hassan Rouhani held talks with Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov and the two sides reviewed various fields and called for expansion of mutual ties in Tehran.

Aug 6 – Rouhani receives world leaders in Tehran

Iran’s President has met with some senior world’s officials including Lesotho’s king David Mohato Bereng Seeiso that had come to Tehran for attending his inauguration ceremony, after the event.

Aug 7 – President Rouhani, Pakistani spokesman meet in Tehran

Iranian Rouhani underscored the necessity for further cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad in fighting the terrorist groups in a meeting with Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Reza Rabbani.

**Shahrivar (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Sept 10 – Rouhani, Erdogan meet in Astana ahead of OIC summit

Iranian president and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for closer cooperation between Tehran and Ankara in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana ahead of a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Sep 10 – President Rouhani meets Venezuelan counterpart

Iranian President met his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on the sidelines of OIC summit in Kazakh capital Astana.

Sept 10 – Rouhani, Nazarbayev urge expansion of Tehran-Astana ties

President Rouhani and his Kazakh counterpart met on the sidelines of OIC Summit of Science and Technology in Astana.

Sept 19 – President Rouhani meets Japan PM in New York

Iranian President Hassan Ruhani met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in New York  on the sidelines of the 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sept 19 – President Rouhani meets Swedish PM in New York

Iranian President Hassan Ruhani has met with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sept 19 – President Rouhani meets UN chief in New York

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met with President Rouhani, who was in New York to take part in the 72nd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sept 20 – Iran’s Rouhani confers with senior world leaders in New York

In continuation of his meetings  in New York for attending and addressing the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Hassan Rouhani has conferred with a number of top world leaders from Japan, Bulgaria, Belgium, Norway and Pakistan as well as a group of American foreign policy experts.

Sept 20 – President Rouhani meets Pakistani PM

President Rouhani met Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Sept 20 – President Rouhani meets UK PM in New York

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has met with British Prime Minister; Theresa May in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sept 20 – President Rouhani meets Islamic leaders of the United States

Iran’s President Rouhani has met with Islamic leaders of the United States in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly.

**Mehr (Sep 23-Oct 22)

Oct 3 – President Rouhani meets Turkish chief of general staff

President Rouhani in a meeting with Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar in Tehran stressed the need to bolster central governments in Syria and Iraq, saying that any change in geographical borders will cause insecurity and instability to spread across the region.

Oct 3 – President Rouhani meets Chairman of the Senate of Ireland

Iran President Hassan Rouhani met Chairman of the Senate of Ireland, Denis O’Donovan in Tehran.

Oct 4 – President Rouhani confers with his Turkish counterpart in Tehran 

President Rouhani  told the joint presser following his meeting with Turkish President Erdogan that Iran and Turkey are both against cross regional plots against ME.

Oct 10 – President Rouhani meets Armenian Prime Minister in Tehran

President Rouhani met Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan in Tehran.

Oct 11 – President Rouhani meets Tanzanian Foreign Minister in Tehran

Rouhani met with Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga in Tehran.

Oct 18 – President Rouhani meets Uzbek FM

President Hassan Rouhani met Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov in Tehran.

**Aban (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Oct 26 – President Rouhani meets Iraqi PM in Tehran

Rouhani and Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi have discussed issues of mutual interest in a meeting in Tehran. Abadi, who was in Tehran with a high-ranking delegation at the last leg of his regional tour, earlier met with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Oct 29 – Iran President Rouhani confers with IAEA Director General in Tehran

Iranian President met Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano in the Iranian capital.

Nov 2 – Iranian, Russian, Azeri presidents attend trilateral summit in Tehran

Iranian president along with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended a trilateral summit in Tehran, during which Rouhani stressed that any ideas and mechanisms that would lead to strengthening relations with Moscow and Baku are welcomed by Tehran.

Nov 6 – President Rouhani meets Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff

Iranian president met Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Tehran. Gen. Javed Bajwa, expressed interest in learning from Iran’s Basij Organization. The meeting between the two countries at the military level was hailed in Iranian media as a new era in Iran-Pakistan military relations.

**Azar (Nov 22-Dec 21)

Nov 22 – President Rouhani attends Sochi trilateral meeting on Syria

President Rouhani arrived in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Nov 22 to participate in tripartite summit attended by his Russian and Turkish presidents which was aimed at examining results of Astana Talks and start of political process inside Syria. During his day-long visit, President Rouhani addressed the trilateral meeting and also held separate talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts on issues of mutual interests.

Dec 10 – President Rouhani meets British foreign secretary in Tehran

Iran’s President met UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Tehran. Speaking at a meeting, President Rouhani referred to the necessity of developing a friendly and balanced relationship between Iran and the United Kingdom in the interests of securing and safeguarding common interests.

Dec 14 – Rouhani, Erdogan meet on the sidelines of OIC summit

President Rouhani has met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul.

**Dey (Dec 23-Jan 20)

Jan 17 – President Rouhani met Lebanese, Omani speakers in Tehran

President Rouhani met Lebanese and Omani parliament speakers Nabih Berri and Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal al-Mawali respectively in Tehran.

 Bahman (Jan 21-Feb 19)

Jan 21 – President Rouhani meets Iraqi Kurdistan’s PM in Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani received Nechirvan Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan in Tehran where Barzani reassured the Iranian side that the KRG homes no anti-Iran threat.

Feb 7 – President Rouhani meets Turkish FM

President Rouhani met Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Tehran.

Feb 10 – President Rouhani met with top foreign officials

President Rouhani held several separate meetings with a number of foreign officials in Tehran including Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and foreign ambassadors, heads of foreign representative offices and international organizations on the occasion of Islamic Revolution anniversary celebrations.

Feb 19 – President Rouhani meets senior Indian officials in New Delhi

President Hassan Rouhani arrived in the Indian capital, New Delhi On February 19. While in New Deli, President Rouhani held talks with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also attended a press conference attended by Modi and attended a meeting with the India’s Parsi community.

**Esfand (Feb 20-March 19)

March 1 – Iran’s Rouhani meets FIFA president in Tehran

Rouhani met with the President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino in Tehran.

March 5 – President Rouhani receives France’s Le Drian in Tehran

Iranian President Rouhani received visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Tehran and the two discussed bilateral relations.

March 18 – President Rouhani meets Oman FM in Tehran

President Rouhani met Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi in Tehran. During the meeting, President Rouhani expressed the friendly, brotherly and growing relations and cooperation between the two countries and emphasized the need for efforts to develop and strengthen the relations between Tehran and Muscat.

Feb 21 – President Rouhani meets Spanish FM in Tehran

President Rouhani met Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain Alfonso Dastis in Tehran.

Feb 21 – President Rouhani meets Dutch FM in Tehran

President Rouhani met Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Sigrid Kaag in Tehran.