US visa denial to Iran UN envoy unacceptable: Zarif
Press TV -(Thu Apr 10, 2014) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned a US decision to deny visa to Tehran’s newly-appointed ambassador to the United Nations.
Briefing Iranian reporters in the Austrian capital Vienna on Wednesday, Zarif denounced the measure as unacceptable and said Tehran will follow up the issue through diplomatic channels at the UN.
He also described Hamid Abutalebi as a veteran, experienced diplomat who has served as Iran’s ambassador to several European countries.
Zarif’s comments came after the US Senate passed a resolution that is aimed at preventing Abutalebi from entering the United States.
On Tuesday, the White House said the new Iranian ambassador to the UN will not be welcomed in the US, and described his nomination as “not viable”.
Washington has decided to deny visa to Abutalebi over his possible involvement in the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran during post-revolution incidents in 1979.
On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian university students took over the US embassy in Tehran, which they believed had turned into a “den of espionage”. Documents found at the compound later corroborated the claims by the students.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Tuesday that the country’s appointee for the post of ambassador to the UN is qualified for the position.