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There will be no meeting between Rouhani, Trump in NY

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 16 September 2019 / 13:03

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi stressed that there would be no meeting between Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart, Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York.

"This is not in the agenda, and I do not think this will happen in New York," said Abbas Mousavi on Monday in response to a question concerning the possibility of Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump's meeting in New York.

"As president Rouhani has said we do not meet for cameras, the meeting should have an agenda with concrete results," Mousavi said at his weekly press conference.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mousavi dismissed the claim of Iranian involvement in the recent Yemeni drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities, saying, "Iran has clearly announced its support to the Yemeni resistance groups, but such unfounded claims come in line with the US 'maximum pressure' against Iran which have so far come to no avail".

"The US allegations against Iran are baseless and outrageous," he added.

Mousavi also noted that Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif will accompany President Hassan Rouhani on his upcoming visit to New York if the necessary grounds are provided.

He also referred to Rouhani's current trip to Turkey saying, the Iranian president will attend a trilateral meeting in Ankara with Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey later today in order to discuss a political resolution to the Syrian crisis.

The spokesman also touched upon the French government's proposal of a $15-billion credit line for Iran, saying, part of the Europeans' commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) was to implement financial channels to pave the way for Iran to continue its transactions.

"The 15-billion-dollar credit line is an initiative to such plan," Mousavi said, however noting that "Unfortunately, Europeans are forced to or have a tendency to get permission from another country for implementing their pledges. I have no information regarding the 'getting permission' and their talks".

"It's not our business that Trump would agree with Europe's $15 billion credit line with Iran or not; Europeans especially France are the involving sides in negotiations with Iran," he added.

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