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Will Bush Meet Iran's Ahmadinejad in New York City?

Thursday, 14 September 2006 12:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS -- Last month, Iran's controversial president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, challenged president George W. Bush to a "debate" when both attend the annual United Nations General Assembly next week.

To nobody's surprise, the White House rejected the Iranian challenge.

"There will not be a steel cage grudge match," joked White House press secretary Tony Snow.

Well, not so fast.

Next week, there appear to be at least two occasions when both presidents may in fact come face-to-face.

On Tuesday afternoon, outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will host a luncheon that Annan's office says both presidents are expected to attend. A unique feature of the Annan lunch is that all the VIP's come alone, no security officers. That allows the world leaders to freely "mingle" among themselves if they so desire.

Will Ahmadinejad come face-to-face with President Bush?

Later that evening, NewsMax.com has learned the United States is holding a dinner to honor all "visiting heads of (U.N.) delegations." The dinner (and reception line) will be hosted by President Bush.

There has been no clarification or comment as to whether the U.S. State Department will blacklist any U.N. delegations. It's possible.

The latest controversy is reminiscent of September 2000, at the U.N. Millennium Summit.

President Bill Clinton joined Kofi Annan to welcome the visiting heads of delegations.

Well, before the U.S. commander-in-chief realized it, he was face-to- face with Cuba's "maximum leader," El Commandante Fidel Castro.

A surprised Clinton gave Castro a courteous, but quick smile and handshake, which press cameras were blocked from photographing.

"He gave out his hand and I gave out mine," confessed a surprised Castro. "I was face-to-face with the president of the United States!" he added, with a big grin.

Will Bush be caught glad-handing Ahmadinejad?

Stay tuned.

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