Anticipation is growing in New York for Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s maiden address at the United Nations.
Tuesday’s speech is expected to confirm his apparent desire to take a more conciliatory approach to the West – he has already agreed to new talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
There is even speculation about a meeting with President Obama – the first between US and Iranian government heads for decades.
But not everyone is in a welcoming mood. Exiled Iranians protested outside the United Nations building calling Rohani ‘a liar and a terrorist’ and questioning his political will to bring about reform back home in Iran.
One protester said: “We need a real revolution. Our people need freedom and democracy, that’s it.”
But wider issues are taking priority over the domestic. Euronews correspondent in New York, Stefan Grobe said:
“When Rohani’s predecessor Ahmadinejad spoke at the UN, diplomats regularly walked out. This time everybody wants to get in! Many at the East River believe that Rohani holds the key to a diplomatic door of opportunity that can open a new perspective for the Middle East.”
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