Iran’s new UN envoy meets president before taking job

Iran's ambassador to UN Gholamali Khoshroo

Iran’s ambassador to UN Gholamali Khoshroo

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s new choice for the post of the United Nations ambassador, met President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday before leaving for New York to take up his post.

In the meeting, held in Tehran, President Rouhani reemphasized the necessity for “constructive interaction with the world and for the international, serious and close cooperation on the fight against extremism and violence.”

Countering the “illegitimate and unfair” anti-Iran sanctions and efforts to promote global peace top Iran’s foreign policy agenda, the president told Khoshroo.

On January 28, Iran’s Foreign Ministry introduced Khoshroo as the country’s new envoy to the UN.

His nomination follows months of diplomatic row between Tehran and Washington as American authorities refused to issue a visa for Iran’s previous choice, Hamid Aboutalebi.

The US barred Aboutalebi visa, accusing him of having links to the students who seized the US embassy in Iran in 1979 for 444 days.

Aboutalebi later rejected the claims, saying that he was merely serving as an interpreter at that time, nothing more.

The visa denial was in violation of the 1947 treaty agreement which was a prerequisite for the United Nations’ agreement to locate their headquarters in New York.

By Tasnim News Agency