US denies Iran's foreign minister visa to attend UN meeting, says official

US denies Iran's foreign minister visa to attend UN meeting, says official

- Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has reportedly been denied a visa to attend a UN meeting in New York

- The development follows the escalating tension in the middle east following the US airstrike that killed Iran's top military commander

- Iran's mission to the UN, however, said it has not been officially notified of the alleged visa denial while the US has also not commented on it

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was allegedly denied a visa to attend the United Nations Security Council meeting in New York scheduled for Thursday, January 9.

Reuters reports that a US official confirmed the development which is considered an offshoot of the escalating tensions between the US and Iran.

Recall that a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday, January 3, killed Iran’s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani.

US denies Iran's foreign minister visa to attend UN meeting, says official

The US has reportedly denied Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, visa to attend a UN meeting in New York. Photo credit: Time.com
Source: UGC

Legit.ng gathered that the 1947 UN “headquarters agreement” mandates the US to grant access to foreign diplomats to access the United Nations.

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However, the US said it holds the discretion to deny visas on grounds of security and foreign policy reasons.

While the US and the UN have not officially commented on the development, Iran's mission said it has not been officially notified of the alleged visa denial.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Reacting the secretary-general of the UN, Antonio Guterres, said he was deeply concerned with the tension between the US and Iran.

The UN secretary-general, called on the leaders to exercise maximum restraint, saying the world cannot afford another war in the Gulf.

"This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf," Guterres said in a statement posted on the UN website by Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for the secretary-general.

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