US Se­nate bill would bar Ira­nian en­voy Aboutalebi

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

The US Se­nate has passed a bill that would bar an ex-Ira­nian rev­o­lu­tion­ary ap­pointed am­bas­sador to the UN from en­ter­ing the coun­try.

The cham­ber voted unan­i­mously on Mon­day to bar Hamid Aboutalebi, who was part of the Mus­lim stu­dent group that seized the US em­bassy in Tehran in 1979. The 52 Amer­i­cans were held for 444 days dur­ing the cri­sis. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has pre­vi­ously called Mr Aboutalebi’s ap­point­ment “ex­tremely trou­bling”.

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is also ex­pected to pass the mea­sure bar­ring him from en­ter­ing the US. It would then re­quire Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture to be­come law.

The Ira­nian for­eign min­istry is said to be in talks with US of­fi­cials fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani’s nom­i­na­tion of Mr Aboutalebi to the UN post.

“We think the process is run­ning its diplo­matic course and un­til we re­ceive a for­mal re­sponse from of­fi­cial chan­nels, we do not con­sider the mat­ter fin­ished,” min­istry spokes­woman Marzieh Afkham told US me­dia. BBC

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