U.S. trip turned down for Tehran mayor

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Iran has barred the mayor of Tehran from trav­el­ing to theUnited States for a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing his city’s ad­vances in pub­lic trans­port, Ira­nian news me­dia re­ported on Satur­day.

Mo­ham­mad-Baqer Qal­ibaf, a los­ing can­di­date in the 2005 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that brought Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad to power, is seen by some Ira­ni­ans as a pos­si­ble fu­ture pres­i­den­tial con­tender.

The two men, though both con­ser­va­tives, have been at odds over fund­ing of Tehran’s ex­ten­sive un­der­ground rail­way net­work.

Qal­ibaf had been in­vited to Washington by the In­sti­tute for Trans­porta­tion and Devel­op­ment Pol­icy, for a cer­e­mony Mon­day in which Tehran is one of five cities up for the “2011 Sus­tain­able Trans­port Award.”

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