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Iran: President Ahmadinejad sets off for New York

Tehran, Sept 13, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for New York on an official five-day visit on Tuesday to attend the 60th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

Ahmadinejad, heading a high-ranking delegation, was officially seen off by Head of the Supreme Leader's Office Mahmoud Mohammadi Golpayegani, First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi, Presidential Chief of Staff Gholam-Hossein Elham and a number of ministers, president's advisors and Majlis deputies.

The three-day General Assembly session is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday in presence of leaders and senior officials from 191 states.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani and a number of president's advisors are accompanying Ahmadinejad in his visit.

In his speech on the first day of the session, the president is to outline Iran's stance on key international developments.

He is also scheduled to hold talks with leaders and senior officials of certain countries and meet with Iranian nationals and elites residing in the United States.

World leaders and senior officials will discuss important issues including poverty eradication in the world, disarmament and fight against weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), human rights, campaign against terrorism and reform in the UN structure.

On the sidelines of the session, six working groups will exchange views on the said topics and a document will be then signed by world leaders.

Meanwhile, the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly will be held for two weeks in presence of foreign ministers and 70 world leaders at the end of the 60th session. President Ahmadinejad is also scheduled to deliver a 15-minute speech at this meeting.

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