U.S. trip turned down for Tehran mayor
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.”