Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Ellison on UNGA Meeting

Feb 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) issued the following statement regarding the 2013 U.N. General Assembly meeting with President Rouhani:

“As part of the 2013 U.N. General Assembly, and as negotiations were under way for what would become the Iran deal, I attended a meeting with President Rouhani and nearly 50 American Muslim leaders. This was not a private dinner, I didn’t know in advance who else would be there, and my decision to attend was not an endorsement of the political views of other attendees.

I attended the meeting to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue and to press President Rouhani face-to-face for the release of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, who was illegally detained and tortured by the Iranian regime. As always, I disavow anti-Semitism and bigotry in all of its forms.”