Russia's Putin to meet new Iranian President Rouhani in September

July 31, 2013 17:21

MOSCOW, July 31 (Reuters) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin will meet Iran's newly elected president for the first time in Kyrgyzstan in September, the Islamic Republic's ambassador to Moscow said on Wednesday.

Russian and Iranian media reported last week that the Russian president would go to Iran in August for talks with Hassan Rouhani on Tehran's nuclear program.But Ambassador Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told a news conference that these reports were false, and that Putin's first talks with Rouhani would be on the sidelines of a summit of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on Sept. 13.

World powers hope Iran's relatively moderate new leader will comply with demands for Tehran to scale back nuclear work which they suspect is aimed at enabling it to make bombs.

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