1397 year in review: President Rouhani meets top world officials, leaders

March 24, The Iran Project – The following timeline lists all visits made by over 65 high-ranking world officials and leaders with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during 1397 (2018-2019). Arranged in order of time, the timeline may not reflect all of the visits by top foreign officials.

 

**Farvardin (March 21-April 20)  

March 28 – Rouhani meets Turkmen president Berdimuhamedow 

Rouhani began his first visit abroad in the new Iranian year to Ashgabat where the two presidents held “very constructive and valuable” talks and made “good decisions” in line with the interests of the two nations.

March 28 – Iran president officially welcomed by his Azeri counterpart

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was accorded official welcome by his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Baku. In the welcoming ceremony, the two presidents reviewed the guard of honor after the national anthems of both countries were played.

April 4 – Turkish, Iranian leaders meet ahead of Syria summit with Russia

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held talks in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a three-way summit with Russia on the Syrian conflict.

April 5 – Pres. Rouhani holds talks with Russian President Putin 

At a bilateral meeting with Russian President Putin in Ankara, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his Russian counterpart that all efforts should be focused to stop Saudi war against Yemeni people.

April 10 – Rouhani meets Speaker of Russia’s lower house 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomed progress in fostering relations with Russia at a meeting with Speaker of Russia’s lower house, the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin.

April 18 – President Rouhani meets Turkish Economy Minister

Iranian President Rouhani told the visiting Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci that bilateral relations of Iran and Turkey are beneficial for regional and international peace and stability.

**Ordibehesht (April 21-May 21)

May 12 – Rouhani meets Turkmenistan foreign minister 

President Rouhani met with the foreign minister of Turkmenistan and stressed that “The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to deepen ties with all neighbors, including Turkmenistan as a friend and brother country”.

May 13 – President Rouhani officially welcomes Sri Lankan counterpart

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani officially welcomed his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena at Saadabad Cultural and Historical Complex in Tehran. Sirisena headed a high-ranking politico-economic delegation in Tehran on an official visit.

May 18 – Pres. Rouhani lands in Istanbul to attend OIC summit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani landed in Istanbul to attend OIC extraordinary summit on the latest serious developments in the State of Palestine.

May 19 – Rouhani, Jordan’s king meet for 1st time in 15 years

The Iranian and Jordanian heads of state have reportedly held a brief meeting on the sidelines of a special summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Turkey. In September 2003, Iran’s then-president Mohammad Khatami met with King Abdullah II in Tehran.

May 19 – President  Rouhani meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Iranian president underlined the need for both countries to promote their cooperation in transportation and other fields of interest particularly in defending the rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation.

May 19 – pres. R Rouhani meets Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov 

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov in a meeting with President Rouhani said that Ashgabat and Tehran are ready to broaden economic cooperation, taking into account existing opportunities and realities of the contemporary era.

June 9 – Pres. Rouhani confers with Pakistan president 

Speaking in a meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan, Dr. Hassan Rouhani said: “Iran is ready to have mutual investment with Pakistan in various fields”.

June 9 – Iran, Russia Presidents hold talks 

Russian President Vladimir Putin noted specific results of Russia-Iran cooperation in settling the Syrian conflict as he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

June 10 – Pres. Rouhani meets Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga 

Rouhani met Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga in China, during the meeting Dr. Hassan Rouhani said: “The development of economic relations is emphasized by us and in the interest of the two nations, and we encourage Iranian private sector and businessmen to participate in Mongolian development projects”.

June 10 – President Rouhani meets Indian Prime Minister  

Rouhani met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi on the sidelines of the SCO summit in China, in the meeting Dr. Hassan Rouhani expressed satisfaction over the growing Tehran-New Delhi relations and welcomed India’s active participation in the development project of Chabahar Port.

June 11 – Iran, China presidents discuss JCPOA, all-out relations on SCO sidelines

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has conferred with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015 and mutual relations, particularly in economic and trade sectors.

**Tir (June 22-July 22) 

July 3 – Iran, Switzerland Presidents hold private talks

The Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Swiss Confederation discussed ways of expanding relations between the two countries in all areas of mutual interest.

July 4 – Iran President meets Austrian Chancellor 

Rouhani met Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna. In the meeting, Iranian President slammed as illegal the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and said Washington’s move benefits no one.

 July 5 – Pres. Rouhani meets Yukiya Amano 

Speaking with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)Yukiya Amano in Vienna, Rouhani said: “JCPOA was a great success for diplomacy and IAEA and continuation of this success depends only on balance of all parties’ commitment.”

 July 5 – Iranian President meets Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Schönborn

Speaking in a meeting with Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Schönborn in Vienna, President Hassan Rouhani said: “viewpoints of Islam and Christianity about the world and future are very close to each other and we must work together to meet the needs of the young generation, which is getting familiar with right religious beliefs.”

**Mordad (July 23-Aug 22)

Aug 8 – Pres. Rouhani meets North Korean Foreign Minister

In a meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned North Korea against trusting the US and said that the Trump administration is unreliable and leaves international agreements unilaterally.

Aug 12 – Presidents of Iran, Russia discuss bilateral, regional, int’l issues

Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation met on the margins of Caspian Sea Littoral States Summit in Kazakhstan and discussed the most important bilateral, regional, and international issues.

Aug 12 – Pres. Rouhani meets Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Caspian Sea Littoral States summit.

Aug 13 – Pres. Rouhani meets Azeri Leader 

In a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Caspian summit in Kazakhstan, the Azeri president said his country condemns the American sanctions against the Iranian nation.

**Shahrivar (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Sep 7 – President Rouhani, President Putin meet in Tehran before summit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a bilateral meeting in Tehran before the official start of the trilateral summit with Turkish president Erdogan. The two heads of states discussed the latest developments in bilateral relations, the Syrian crisis, international developments and the JCPOA.

Sep 7 – Iran, Turkey presidents discuss Syria crisis

Iranian and Turkish presidents met and discussed the latest developments in the region, including the Syria crisis.

**Mehr (Sep 23-Oct 22).

Sep 24 – Rouhani hold talks with IMF chief

President Hassan Rouhani held talks with Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde in New York. Rouhani traveled to New York to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly Session, after meeting with the US media directors, interview with NBC, held talks with Christine Lagarde.

Sep 25 – Rouhani, Erdogan meet on the sidelines of UNGA 

Rouhani met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Recep Erdogan on the sidelines of 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) annual meetings. During the meeting, both sides discussed the most important bilateral, regional and international issues.

Sep 25 – Rouhani meets Abdullah Abdullah in New York 

In a meeting with the Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah in New York, Rouhani said, “We have always been alongside each other in tough times and I thank you for your message of condolence.”

Sep 25 – Iranian President meets Bolivian counterpart

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the international community to stand firmly against US breach of its commitments. President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales which was held on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) annual meetings.

 Sep 25 – Rouhani confers with President of the International Olympic Committee 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Sep 26 – Iran, France Presidents meet in New York

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with President Emmanuel Macron of France at the UN headquarters in New York.

Sep 26 – Norway PM, Iran President discuss mutual ties in New York

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York on bilateral ties and other issues of mutual interests. The meeting took place at the residence of the Iranian president in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sep 26 – Iran President, Armenia PM meet in New York

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at his residence in New York and discussed with him issues of mutual interests and regional cooperation.

Sep 26 – Iran’s Rouhani, UK’s May discuss issues of mutual interest

Rouhani met UK Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York. May expressed condolences over the recent deadly terrorist attack in southwestern Iran.

Sep 26 – Belgian PM meets Iranian President in New York

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on issues of mutual interests on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. Michel’s meeting with Rouhani revealed the fact that despite US unilateralism Belgium would like to improve and expand relations with Iran.

Sep 27 – Iran Pres. Rouhani meets Malaysia Prime Minister 

Speaking in a meeting with the Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Bin Mohamad in New York, President Hassan Rouhani hailed the steps taken to cement relations between the two countries in different fields such as energy, joint ventures, and scientific cooperation.

Sep 27 – President in a meeting with his Swiss counterpart: Backing JCPOA means backing UNSC, peace, security in region

In a meeting with President Alain Berset of Switzerland in New York, President Hassan Rouhani described the development of relations and cooperation between Iran and Switzerland in different political, economic and cultural fields important.

Sep 27 – President Rouhani, Japanese PM discuss bilateral, regional, int’l issues

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Prime Minister of Japan had a meeting in New York and discussed the most important bilateral, regional and international issues.

Sep 27 – Pres. Rouhani meets Italy Prime Minister

Speaking in a meeting with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy in New York, President Hassan Rouhani appreciated Italian government and nation’s condolences over the terrorist attack in Ahwaz.

Sep 27 – President in a meeting with UN Secretary-General: Iran determined to cooperate with UN in all fields

In the meeting with Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres in New York, President Hassan Rouhani said, “The United Nations should carry out its responsibilities in the solidity of international laws, so that no country can violate international commitments, including resolutions of the Security Council”.

Sep 27 – President Rouhani meet with his Venezuelan counterpart 

In a meeting with President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela in New York, President Hassan Rouhani said, “The people of Iran and Venezuela have continuously been under the aggression and sanctions of the United States”.

**Aban (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Nov 17 – Iran’s president receives his Iraqi counterpart

Iraqi president was officially welcomed and greeted by his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouani in Sa’adabad cultural and historical complex.

** Azar (Nov 22-Dec 21) 

Dec 8 – Rouhani meets Turkish, Pakistani speakers

In meetings with parliament speakers of Turkey and Pakistan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed plans for cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Dec 8 – President Rouhani meets speaker of parliament of Russia 

Speaking with the speaker of parliament of Russia, Dr. Hassan Rouhani said, “No third-party country is able to undermine the bilateral, regional and international relations between Iran and Russia”.

Dec 8 – President Rouhani meets Afghanistan Parliament Speaker

Speaking in a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament of Afghanistan, President Rouhani described economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan as requiring a major transformation and stressed that Tehran is ready to cooperate with Kabul in economic fields.

Dec 20 – Rouhani, Erdoğan hold bilateral talks in Ankara

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart held bilateral talks in Ankara prior to the 5th high council meeting for strategic cooperation between the two sides’ delegations In the Turkish capital behind closed doors.

**Dey (Dec 22-Jan 20)

 Jan 2 – Iranian President meets Ziad Al-Nakhala in Tehran 

In a meeting with Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement Ziad al-Nakhala in Tehran, Rouhani said Iran has been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian nation ever since the 1979 Revolution, led by late Imam Khomeini.

**Bahman (Jan 21-Feb 19)

February 6 – Pres. Rouhani meets Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem

President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Tehran stressed that the establishment of full stability, security and normal conditions in Syria for the return of Syrians to their normal life is a key regional goal for Iran.

February 14 – President Rouhani attends Sochi trilateral meeting on Syria 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held separate talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi in addition to trilatelal meeting on the Syria crisis.

**Esfand (Feb 20-March 20)

February 26 – Pres. Rouhani meets Syrian President 

Rouhani met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran, during the meeting Rouhani said that the Islamic Republic is ready to help Syria with its reconstruction plans and restore stability to the war-ravaged country.

February 27 – Iran’s president receives Armenian PM

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani received Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at Sa’dabad Complex in Tehran. Promoting bilateral relations in various fields was one of the pivotal topics of talks between Pashinyan and Iranian officials.

March 6 – Pres. Rouhani meets the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Iranian president met Shahin Mustafayev, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

March 7 – Pres Rouhani meets Mohammed al-Halbousi 

In a meeting with the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, President Rouhani highlighted the two countries’ mutual cooperation for regional stability, fighting terrorism and boosting bilateral relations.

March 9 – Pres. Rouhani calls for cementing Iran-Azerbaijan ties in all fields

President Hassan Rouhani met Azeri Foreign Minister Mammadyarov. During the meeting, Rouhani said that “the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to further develop relations with Azerbaijan in all fields of mutual interest.”

March 11 – Iraqi PM officially receives President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani was officially welcomed by the Prime Minister of Iraq Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad. In the official welcoming ceremony, after the national anthems of the two countries were played, Dr. Rouhani and Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi reviewed the honor guards and then introduced their high-ranking delegations to each other.

March 11 – President meets his Iraqi counterpart 

In a meeting with President Barham Salih of Iraq President Hassan Rouhani appreciated the hospitality of the Iraqi government towards the Iranian delegation and expressed hope that the visit would further develop relations between the two countries.

March 12 – President Rouhani meets heads of Iraqi ethnic groups

In a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Iraqi tribal chiefs from Karbala and Babil welcomed his visit to the region. The Iranian president, for his part, expressed Iran’s support for the development of all-out ties with Iraq in the reconstruction era.

March 12 – Rouhani, Al-Halbousi underline boosting bilateral ties

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi in a meeting in Baghdad explored avenues for deepening of mutual cooperation.

March 12- Pres. Rouhani meets Former Prime Minister of Iraq  

Speaking in a meeting with the Former Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki, Dr. Hassan Rouhani said, “Relations between Iran and Iraq have always been good”. “Iraqi distinguished figures and politicians, in any position, play an important role in the development, security and stability of the country and Tehran-Baghdad relations,” he said.

March 12 – Rouhani holds talks with Iraq PMF

Speaking in a meeting with Advisor of the National Security Council and Chairman of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) of Iraq Falih Alfayyadh, Dr Hassan Rouhani said, “Fighting terrorists in Iraq has been achieved through the Iraqi people’s self-sacrifice and is a great honor for Muslims and the World of Islam”.

March 12- Iranian president meets Ammar al-Hakim  

Speaking with the Leader of National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, Dr. Hassan Rouhani said, “We should attempt to carry out our responsibilities towards the two nations well”. Leader of National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim said in the meeting, “Today, Iraq has been able to overcome great challenges and get on the track of reconstruction and development, for which stronger relations with Iran can be effective”.

March 12 – President Rouhani meets Haider al-Abadi 

Speaking with the Former Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi, Dr Hassan Rouhani said, “We should attempt to promote multilateral cooperation among the countries of the region in different fields such as transit, railways and combatting terrorism”.

March 13 – Pres. Rouhani meets Iraqi tribes

In a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Iraqi tribal chiefs from Karbala and Babil welcomed his visit to the region. The Iraqi tribes condemned the US sanctions against Iran and called for improvement of relations between the two countries’ border regions.

March 13 – Rouhani meets Ayatollah Fayadh 

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran met with Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Is’haq al-Fayadh, one of the senior Shia marja at Najaf Seminary. In the meeting, Grand Ayatollah Fayadh wished Muslims and the Iranian nation success and said that the Iranian government is based on Imam Ali’s (PBUH) government.

March 13 – President Rouhani meets Grand Ayatollah Basheer al-Najafi

President Rouhani met with Grand Ayatollah Basheer al-Najafi in Najaf City and talked with him in a cordial atmosphere. In the meeting that was held in Grand Ayatollah Basheer al-Najafi’s house, Rouhani referred to his intensive meetings with Iraqi officials and said: “we are willing to further develop Tehran-Baghdad relations in all fields.”

March 13 – President Rouhani meets Ayat. Hakim

In a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim in Najaf, Hassan Rouhani said Iran and Iraq can further cooperate and play a more significant role in solving regional and international issues.

March 13 – President Rouhani meets Ayat. Sistani in Iraq

Senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali Sistani in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lauded the role played by the “friendly” states in the victory against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq.

During the meeting in the holy city of Najaf on, Ayatollah Sistani also welcomed any steps to develop Iraq’s relations with its neighbors based on mutual interests, respect for each other’s sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs of either country.