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Iranian President Ahmadinejad To Attend UN General Assembly

9/22/2012 6:43 AM ET

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for New York on Saturday to attend the 67th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.

"We will attend the U.N. (meeting) to be able to convey the message of the Iranian nation for the overhaul of the global management system," state-run Press TV quoted Ahmadinejad as saying at the airport before his departure.

He said he would also hold talks with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, senior officials from the participating countries, anti-war groups and peace activists, religious leaders and Iranian nationals in the United States on the sidelines of the conference.

Ahmadinejad pointed to Iran's rotational presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) for the next three years, and noted that as representative of the movement, he will discuss NAM's proposals with regard to restructuring the United Nations and resolving the regional crises, such as the ongoing violence in Syria, the report said.

It will be Ahmadinejad's eighth trip to New York for a U.N. General Assembly session since he became the Iranian President in 2005.

by RTT Staff Writer

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