US President Donald Trump says he has no plans to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, but he is open to hearing his “Hormuz Peace Initiative” at the UN General Assembly in New York.
“I’m always open. I have no plans to meet with them, but I’m always open,” Trump said Sunday in Houston, when asked if he was open to hearing Rouhani’s plan.
The Iranian president, who will depart for New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in coming hours, said on Sunday he will present at the United Nations this year an initiative for regional cooperation to ensure peace in the Strait of Hormuz.
“This year at the United Nations, we will present to the world the Hormuz Peace Initiative — the gist of which is love and hope — with the slogan ‘The coalition of hope,’” he said.
Asked about a meeting with President Rouhani, Trump told reporters he would meet if Iranians wanted “but I have absolutely no plans to meet.”
“We’ll see what happens. Certainly the United Nations Week is going to be very interesting. I look forward to it,” he added.
Rouhani ‘willing to meet Trump’ if sanctions lifted
A few hours after Trump’s remarks about the possibility of a meeting with Rouhani, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that the Iranian president was willing to meet Trump in New York “provided that President Trump is ready to do what’s necessary.”
Zarif reportedly said the meeting is possible if the US lifts the sanctions against Iran in exchange for permanent monitoring of the country’s nuclear facilities.