US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice Hamid Aboutalebi


It sounds like US government may be about to set a precedent here


Curious to know who deemed the ambassador “not viable”.


I think the feeling was widespread throughout the US government:

The US House of Representatives and the Senate have both voted in favour of a bill barring Mr Aboutalebi from the US. It still requires the signature of the president before it can become law.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday the UN and Iran had been told “that we will not issue a visa to Mr Aboutalebi”.

He did not say whether President Obama would sign the bill but said the president shared the sentiments of Congress.


Someone is not going to be happy about this. :rolleyes:


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