Rouhani-Trump meeting likely at UN General Assembly next month, anonymous sources say

TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) – Some media outlets have cited anonymous sources about the possibility of President Rouhani's meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next month.

The idea of meeting between the two countries mounted when last Monday, during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Trump said he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions. His new strategy regarding meeting with Iranian officials caught commentators off guard, as he had been increasingly hostile to the Islamic Republic; on July 22, Trump threatened Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with an all-caps tweet.

In his latest move repeating the idea of negotiating with the Iranian authorities, US President Donald Trump on Saturday said any meeting with the Iranian leaders is "up to them."

While en route to Ohio for a political rally, US President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter on Saturday that "Iran, and its economy, is going very bad, and fast."

He also wrote that it is up to the Iranians whether he meets its leaders.

Earlier, Iranian president's chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi revealed that during Rouhani’s last visit to New York for the UN General Assembly session, Trump asked the Iranian delegation eight times to have a meeting with the president.

An adviser to President Rouhani Hamid Aboutalebi also said "respecting the Iranian nation’s rights, reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken to pave the bumpy road of talks between Iran and America."

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