TEHRAN, April 12 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman for Iran's mission to the UN said the U.S. decision to deny a visa for an Iranian newly-proposed ambassador to the UN is "regrettable," local media reported on Saturday.
The U.S. decision to deny visa to Hamid Aboutalebi is "unwise and obvious violation of international law," semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Hamid Babaei as saying in a statement.
Also, "the U.S. decision contradicts the obligation of the host country vis-a-vis the United Nations," the Iranian official said, adding that the U.S. move undermines the authority of the independent countries in appointing their own missionary to the UN.
"The Islamic republic is entitled to do any necessary diplomatic measure to protest this illegal action," the announcement was quoted as saying.
On Friday, the Whited House said the United States has informed Iran that it would not grant a visa to its newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
U.S. House of Representatives passed Thursday legislation by unanimous consent that would ban Aboutalebi from entering the United States. The vote came after the Senate passed a companion bill on Monday.
Lawmakers sponsoring the bill said Aboutalebi should be banned from entry to the United States because he was a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage when it seized the U. S. embassy in Tehran in 1979.
In the meantime, the UN hoped that the visa denial incident between the United States and Iran would "be resolved bilaterally, " a UN spokesman said on Friday.
The UN had not been officially approached concerning this matter, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, noting that the Host Country Agreement was a public document which clearly lays out responsibilities.
According to the agreement, as host country for the UN, the United States, must provide rights to persons invited to the New York headquarters.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has slammed the U.S. stance on the new ambassador as "unacceptable."
U.S. not to issue visa to Iran's new UN envoy
WASHINGTON, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The United States has informed Iran that it will not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations, the White House said on Friday.
"We have informed the United Nations and Iran that we will not issue a visa to Mr. Aboutalebi," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a press briefing. Full story
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TEHRAN, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. stance on Iran's proposed new ambassador to the United Nations is "unacceptable," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency on Wednesday.
Hamid Abutalebi, Iran's proposed ambassador to the UN, is one of Iran's highly-skilled diplomats and once obtained U.S. entry visa in 1990s to attend a UN meeting, Afkham said, adding that Hamid is qualified for the position. Full story
UN hopes U.S.-Iran visa denial incident to "be resolved bilaterally": spokesman
UNITED NATIONS, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations hoped that the visa denial incident between the United States and Iran would "be resolved bilaterally," a UN spokesman said on Friday.
"This was a bilateral issue between the two countries and that the United Nations hoped it would be resolved bilaterally," said UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric at a daily briefing when asked about the decision by the United States to deny a visa to Iran's newly appointed permanent representative to the United Nations. Full story