U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Russia and India on the sidelines of a United Nations summit in New York next week, but Iranian President Hassan Rohani is not on his busy schedule, the White House has said.
artwork by Mohammad Tahani, Iranian daily Arman
The UN General Assembly will mark the first time the two leaders will be in the same venue since the historic July 14 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.
Two years ago, the possibility of a handshake between Obama and Rohani at the annual gathering had sparked much speculation. It ended up not taking place.
The U.S. president is making space in his schedule for meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and he will try to fit in a quick chat with Cuban President Raul Castro, the White House said on September 24.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office says he is also seeking a meeting with Obama.
Other than newly reelected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the White House has not divulged what other world leaders will attend an exclusive dinner Obama is hosting during the event.
Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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