Iranian President Due in New York Monday

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will travel to the UN headquarters in New York City on Monday, heading a high-ranking political delegation.

During the visit, Rouhani will deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly, hold talks with the presidents and leaders of some countries, and hold a press conference.

The president will join his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is already in New York ahead of Rouhani’s arrival.

The visit comes after a long delay in the US administration’s issuance of visa to the Iranian politicians.

The visas were finally issued a couple of days ago, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi confirmed on Thursday.

Zarif said earlier on Thursday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was trying to delay issuing visas for the Iranian delegation to the upcoming United Nations General Assembly.

“Pompeo tries to dodge US obligation to issue visas for UN delegates by resorting to self-arrogated designation,” Zarif tweeted.

Pompeo had declined to comment specifically on the case on Wednesday, saying “We don’t talk about granting or absence of granting of visas.”

As the host government, the US generally is obliged to issue visas to diplomats who serve at UN headquarters.

   
   

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