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News code: 28361
Published Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019 - 16:21:45
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UN meetings postponed due to objections by Tehran, Moscow over US moves against Iran

UN meetings postponed due to objections by Tehran, Moscow over US moves against Iran
IRAN  - The meetings of the first committee and the sixth committee of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) were both postponed after Tehran and Moscow lodged official complaint against the illegal move of Washington to limit the number of visas for the Iranian delegation to the UNGA in September.

Iran and Russia's objections postponed two important United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings over the US efforts to limit the visit of the Iranian delegation during the international event.

Russia lodged the complaint in the UNGA first committee on disarmament and later Iran did so in the sixth committee meeting on Monday.

The complaints postponed both meetings.

The Sixth Committee is the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the General Assembly.

The United Nations General Assembly First Committee deals with disarmament and international security matters.

The US limited the number of visas for the Iranian delegation to attend the 74th UNGA in September in New York.

It also imposed restrictions on the movement of the Iranian officials in the city.

Last month, American authorities forbade Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif from visiting a New York hospital to see his country's Ambassador to United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi, who is under cancer treatment.

The US State Department said it would allow the hospital travel request only if Iran released one of the US citizens claimed to be "wrongfully detained" in Iran, AP reported.

Iran's foreign minister was in New York for the 74th annual session of the UN General Assembly.

In July, the United States imposed tight travel restrictions on Zarif before a visit that month to the United Nations, as well as on Iranian diplomats and their families living in New York, which Zarif described as "basically inhuman".

Unless they receive prior approval from Washington, they are only allowed to travel within a small area of Manhattan, Queens and to and from John F. Kennedy airport.

Iran's UN mission Spokesman Alireza Miryousefi said Takht Ravanchi is being treated for cancer in a hospital not far away in Manhattan's Upper East Side neighborhood, a 20-minute walk from the United Nations Headquarters.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi lashed out at Washington for inhumanly preventing Zarif from paying visit to Takht Ravanchi at hospital.

In a message released on his Instagram page, Araqchi criticized the US inhuman act to prevent Zarif from visiting Takht Ravanchi at hospital.

Araqchi expressed regret for the US administration over holding humanitarian issues hostage for political aims.

 

News Code: 28361
Published Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019 - 16:21:45
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