President Hassan Rouhani in separate messages to heads of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Uzbekistan congratulated the arrival of Norouz, the New Day festival, commencing at the beginning of the spring.
Leading a country comes with extraordinary privileges but also, apparently, a price: New research suggests that political leaders age faster than normal and that the stress of the job may shave almost three years off their life expectancy.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he plans to meet with his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos next week to discuss ways to end the acrimonious border dispute between the two South American countries.
Presidents of Russia and France plan to meet in Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan, where the issue of two French helicopter carriers, which Paris has promised but failed to deliver to Russia, may be raised.
The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than half a century, amid the Obama administration’s efforts to restore ties with Havana, reports say.
The presidents of China and Sri Lanka have met in talks aimed at improving relations between the two countries, as Chinese media warned the island nation against shutting off billions in investments from Beijing.