US President Donald Trump had requested a meeting with President Rouhani ‘eight times’ on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September, according to Rouhani’s chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi.
“During Rouhani’s last visit to New York for the UN General Assembly session, Trump asked the Iranian delegation eight times to have a meeting with the president,” Mahmoud Vaezi told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
“We have a transparent policy and clear position with regard to our relations with the US,” Vaezi added.Back in October, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi confirmed speculations on Trump’s request for a meeting with Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, but added that the request was rebuffed by the Iranian president.
“The characteristic of this Establishment and [Iranian] people is that they will not yield to pressure. Trump should know that Iran and its people are different from North Korea and its people.”
He went on to add, “since 40 years ago, the US has been threatening Iran for its Islamic principles and independence, also because the US used to have a hold on Iran’s resources in the past.”
“The difference between Trump and others is that some issues that he raises is because he is not a politician,” he said. “We have no doubt that they have set up a psychological war room at the US Treasury and Department of State, but we are talking about a sophisticated nation here,” Vaezi said, according to Mehr news agency.
“Our people may have some demands from the government, but when it comes to US to decide for them, it is only natural that the people will make their own decisions free of [US] influence,” he added.