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Zarif says he was informed via UN that Washington refused to grant him an entry visa

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that he had informed through United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that Washington had refused to grant him a visa to come to the United Nations headquarters in New York.

“What we do know is that the US Secretary of State (Mike Pompeo) said to the Secretary-General of the United Nations: We had no time to issue an entry visa to Mohammad Javad Zarif and we will not issue him an entry visa,” Zarif said.

Zarif added, “The Secretary-General responded by saying that it was Iran’s right to participate in a session” of the United Nations, according to the ISNA student news agency.

So far, there has been no official confirmation from Washington about its refusal of Zarif’s visa application.

Zarif’s comments he made during a meeting in Tehran on the Iranian peace plan in the Gulf come as a funeral for the Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by an American strike Friday in Baghdad, is taking place in Iran on Tuesday.

Tensions have escalated in the Middle East and Gulf region since Soleimani’s assassination. While Iran vows to avenge his death, Washington warns of a strong response if Iran implements its threats.

US President Donald Trump warned Saturday that his country would strike 52 Iranian targets if Tehran attacked Americans or American interests.

Zarif said on Tuesday that the US refusal to grant him a visa was “evidence of corruption by the United States government and the Trump regime,” according to Esna.

He stressed that he was planning to go to the United Nations headquarters on Thursday to participate in a debate on “supporting the United Nations Charter”, as he intended to talk about “America’s crimes” during his visit.

This is not the first time that Iranian officials have problems traveling to New York to participate in United Nations conferences.

In December, the United Nations General Assembly asked Washington to lift restrictions on the movements of Iranian diplomats.

Since mid-2019, Iranian diplomats and ministers have faced severe restrictions on their movements when they visited the United States.

They are not allowed to move outside the area around the United Nations headquarters, the headquarters of the Iranian diplomatic mission and the ambassador’s home.

In September, Zarif, during his participation in the work of the General Assembly, criticized his inability to visit his country’s ambassador to the United Nations at an American hospital.

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