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Iranian envoy complains over U.S. visa denial to its ambassador

English.news.cn   2014-04-16 10:59:25

UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian envoy met with the United Nations Legal Counsel Tuesday over the United States' refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador.

Deputy U.N. Ambassador Gholam Hossein Dehghani raised to Miguel de Serpa Soares the issue which he earlier described to have "negative implications for multilateral diplomacy," according to a UN press release.

The United States announced Friday that it would not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations, as he was a member of a militant group that held 52 American hostages when it seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979.

Iran's Foreign Ministry slammed the U.S. stance on the new ambassador as "unacceptable."

Serpa Soares, who is also UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, said that the United Nations Host Country Committee is expected to be meeting on the issue on April 22 at the request of Iran's UN Mission, said the release.

"The Committee would be hearing from the Iranian Mission during that meeting," Dujarric said.

"The Legal Counsel noted that he was still studying the issue and would very carefully consider precedents and past practice," said the release.

The 19-member committee deals with the full range of issues concerning the relationship between the host country and the United Nations community.

According to the 1947 UN headquarters agreement, as host country for the United Nations, the United States must provide rights to persons invited to the New York headquarters. But Washington says it can deny visas for "security, terrorism, and foreign policy" reasons.

Editor: Yang Yi
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