Source: Global Times New Media
According to a report on the Russian satellite network on the 23rd, Esme Ely, deputy chief of the office of the Iranian presidential office, said on Sunday that the United States refused to issue visas to several members of the delegation accompanying Iranian President Rohani to the UN General Assembly in New York. Earlier on Sunday, the Rohani government said that the Iranian president will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron during the UN General Assembly.
Esmeyli told Iranian television: “Some staff members and journalists of the delegation did not receive visas, which violated the diplomatic obligations of the US government as a member of the UN and the host country.” Previously, the United States to Iranian President Hassan Rohani and Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif issued visas to attend the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. The Iranian media reported earlier that the Iranian president and his delegation (including the foreign minister) may not attend the UN General Assembly because they still do not have a US entry visa, but the relevant reports did not provide a source. Recently, tensions between Iran and the United States are escalating. Last year, relations between the two countries deteriorated markedly after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and began to re-implement sanctions against Iran. In May and June of this year, Washington accused Iran of creating a series of security threats, including attacking tankers in the Gulf of Oman and strengthening the military presence of the US military in the Middle East. Recently, Washington said that Iran was behind the attack on the oil facilities of the Saudi Arabian National Oil Company on Saturday. Iran denied these allegations and accused the United States of trying to find an excuse for the conflict.