Rouhani to attend UN Gen. Assembly session in Sep.

TEHRAN, Sep. 11 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will attend the 71st UN General Assembly Session due in New York from Sep. 20 to 26, first Vice-President Es'hagh Jahangiri said Sunday.

The session will kick off with a speech by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the 71st session, Peter Thomson. The US and French presidents, Barack Obama and Francois Hollande, as well as UK Prime Minister Theresa May will also speak on the first day.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t attend the session this year.

Es’hagh Jahangiri further maintained that President Rouhani will also visit Venezuela from September 13 to 18 prior to New York in order to attend the 17th Non-Aligned Movement Summit to hand over the rotating presidency of NAM to Venezuela for the next three years.  

“The President is also likely to visit another Latin American country,” he added.

The 16th NAM Summit was held in Sep. 2012 in Tehran during which Iran took over the presidency from Egypt.

With 120 member states, the NAM is the second largest international body after the United Nations. It has 53 members from Africa, 39 from Asia, 26 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 17 observer countries and 10 observer organizations.


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