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Iranian President arrives in Cuba to attend G-15 meeting, NAM summit

Havana, Sept 14, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, upon arrival in Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, was officially welcomed by the Cuban Minister Without Portfolio Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz.

The president is visiting Cuba to attend the meeting of the Group of 15 and the Non-Aligned Movement summit.

Ahmadinejad is scheduled to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Group of 15 meeting this afternoon and deliver a speech as the representative of the Asian continent.

Following the lectures of the heads of G-15 member states, given the end of Algeria's rotating chairmanship, Iran will be assigned as the group's new chairman.

Besides, the Iranian president along with the heads of the G-15 member states will attend the official banquet arranged by his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika Thursday evening.

On the first day of his visit to Cuba, Ahmadinejad is expected to confer with a number of the heads of the states participating in the ongoing event on matters of mutual interest.

The 14th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit is due to open in Havana Friday morning and will be attended by the heads of states of the member states.

During the summit, given the end of chairmanship of Malaysia, Cuba will be appointed as the new rotating chairman of the movement.

At the first session of the 14th NAM summit Friday morning, the Iranian President is expected to deliver a speech as the representative of the Asian countries. He will also address the afternoon session of the event as the 8th lecturer.

President Ahmadinejad, accompanied by a number of cabinet members and Majlis deputies, began a whirlwind four-nation tour Wednesday with his visit to Senegal.

During his nine-hour stay in Senegal, on the first leg of his trip, President Ahmadinejad conferred with his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade on issues of mutual interest.

After his talks with Wade, he departed for Havana on midnight local time.

Ahmadinejad will end his tour with a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, which he will be visiting on the official invitation of his counterpart, Hugo Chavez.

The president, however, will not be returning to the country after his visit to Venezuela. He will head for the United Nations in New York to attend the 61st annual session of the UN General Assembly from Sept 19-27.

He is also scheduled to address the session as well as meet leaders of various countries on the sidelines of this important gathering.

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