|Iran defends its new UN envoy appointee||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry says Tehran has chosen Hamid Aboutalebi as its envoy to the United Nations and believes that he is a competent one.
“We have chosen our envoy (to the UN) and we have done the (necessary) official correspondence for the visa application,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham in Tehran on Tuesday.
The possibility that Aboutalebi may have played a role in the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 during the post-revolution incidents, has outraged some of the U.S. Embassy workers held by the Iranians for 444 days, Reuters reported.
Afkham touched upon the fact that Mr. Aboutalebi has presented Iran in a number of European countries and Australia in past years, adding that the Islamic Republic will pursue the case to obtain a visa for Aboutalebi through diplomatic channels.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday seeking to bar Aboutalebi from entering the United States, which host the United Nations.
Several lawmakers had said they were infuriated that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would make such a choice, and the State Department had expressed concern.
The U.S. which severed diplomatic ties with Iran in 1980 is generally required to allow UN diplomats to come to New York under its host country agreement with the United Nations. But under limited circumstances, it can refuse to grant visas to such diplomats.
The measure must be approved by the House of Representatives before it can be sent to U.S. President Barack Obama for possible signing into law.
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|Last Updated on 08 April 2014 18:09|