14 April 2014

Letter by H.E. Ambassador Gholamhossein Dehghani

to Secretary-General of the United Nations

to be circulate as an official document of the sixty-eighth session

of the General Assembly, under agenda item 166

        14 April 2014 , New York

 بسم الله

In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

No.109                                                                                                                                                                                                                      14 April 2014

Excellency,

I have the honour to transmit to you as annexed a copy of the note verbale No. 108 dated 14 April 2014 sent to the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations in its capacity as the chair of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country on the issue of denial of visa to the newly designated Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations by the authorities of the Host Country of the United Nations.

I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as an official document of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 166.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Gholamhossein Dehghani
Ambassador
Charge d’Affairs,a.i

 

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General
of the United Nations
New York

 

 

 

In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

 No. 108

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations presents its compliments to the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations in its capacity as the chair of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country, and has the honour to state the following:

Mr. Hamid Aboutalebi has been designated by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to serve as its new Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. He applied for US entry visa several months ago and the case has been pending before the US Government as the Host State of the United Nations. Eventually, an official spokesperson of the US Administration said on Friday 11 April 2014 that “we have informed the United Nations and Iran that we will not issue a visa to Mr. Aboutalebi”.

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations expresses its serious concern over the clear indication of refusal of granting visa by the Host Country authorities in breach of their legal obligations under international law and the Headquarters Agreement. The Agreement has unambiguously stated that its provisions shall be “applicable irrespective of the relations existing between the Governments of the persons referred to in that section and the Government of the United States”. The denial of visa to a representative of a UN Member-State is in contravention of the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter including the principles of sovereign equality of states and respect for their sovereignty and political independence.

This decision of the US Government has indeed negative implications for multilateral diplomacy and will create a dangerous precedence and affect adversely the work of intergovernmental organizations and activities of their Member-States. Therefore, it requires to be well addressed in the Committee on Relations with the Host Country. The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran requests that the Committee addresses this issue in an extraordinary and urgent manner.

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations takes this opportunity to renew to the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations in its capacity as the chair of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country the assurances of its highest consideration.

New York, 14 April 2014

The Permanent Mission of Cyprus
to the United Nations
New York

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