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UN chief discusses nuclear issue, Syria, human rights with Iran

(Xinhua)

09:52, August 30, 2012

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) meets with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Iran, on Aug. 29, 2012. The UN secretary general arrived here to attend the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit slated for Aug. 30 to 31. (Xinhua/Iran's Presidential Office)

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday held talks with Iranian leaders on such issues as nuclear standoff, Syria and human rights ahead of a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Iran's capital Tehran, Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.

Nesirky, who is currently with the secretary-general in Tehran to attend the NAM summit, made the statement to reporters here as he was speaking via a phone connection from Iran.

"The secretary-general arrived in the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier today, he just finished a series of meetings with Iranian officials, including the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad," the spokesman said.

Nesirky said that the secretary-general also had a separate meeting with Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani.

"The secretary-general had an extensive encounter with President Ahmadinejad, and that was followed by his meeting with the supreme leader," the spokesman said.

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