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Iran reacts to U.S. ban on proposed U.N. ambassador

Iranian officials are seeking United Nations assistance in the matter of the U.S. government's refusal to grant a visa to Iran's envoy to the United Nations Hamid Aboutaleb. The Iranian ambassador requires an American visa to enter the U.S. and assume his position at the UN.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   April 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

TEHRAN, April 16 (UPI) -- Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi responded angrily to the American government decision to block Iran's envoy to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, from entering the U.S.

The justice minister and Iranian Permanent Mission to the UN argued that the American government's refusal to grant Iran's UN envoy a visa to enter the U.S. is a violation of international law, as well as the 1947 Headquarters Agreement between the U.S. and the UN.

"The issue of Iran's complaint against the U.S. for not issuing visa for its proposed ambassador to the UN in New York is being pursued through conventional official (and legal) mechanisms," the justice minister told Iran's FARS News Agency on Tuesday.

The Iranian mission to the UN submitted a letter to the UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country seeking a meeting to review Washington's refusal to allow Aboutalebi from entering the country.

Last week, the U.S. Congress passed a bill to prevent Aboutalebi from entering the U.S., citing his previous participation with the Muslim student group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979.

President Barack Obama has not yet signed the bill into law.


[FARS News Agency]

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