|U.S. ‘troubled’ by Iran’s new UN envoy appointee||
TEHRAN – The U.S. State Department has said that it is troubled by reports that Iran has picked Hamid Aboutalebi to represent the Islamic Republic at the United Nations.
Aboutalebi, who has served as Iran’s ambassador to Italy, Belgium and Australia, was chosen to replace the outgoing ambassador Mohammad Khazaee. Aboutalebi is believed to have participated in the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979.
Iran’s nomination of Hamid Aboutalebi would be “extremely troubling,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters on Wednesday.
“We’re taking a close look at the case now, and we’ve raised our serious concerns about this possible nomination with the government of Iran,” she added.
“As host nation of the UN, expect for limited exceptions, we’re generally obligated under an agreement between the U.S. and the UN to admit the chosen representatives of member states into the U.S. for purposes of representing their countries at the UN. But no prediction in terms of this specific visa case,” she said.
Also, some U.S. senators have called on the U.S. government to deny a visa to Aboutalebi to work at the UN headquarters in New York.
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