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White House says Iran official will not get visa for U.N. ambassadorship

By Reuters
Friday, April 11, 2014 13:06 EDT
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that an Iranian official who was in the student group that took U.S. diplomats hostage in 1979 will not be issued a visa to allow him to become Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

President Barack Obama had come under strong pressure from the U.S. Congress not to allow Hamid Aboutaleb into the country. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United Nations and Iran had been told “that we will not issue a visa to Mr. Aboutaleb.”

The decision effectively bars Aboutaleb of taking up the U.N. position.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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