File - Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi who has been recently denied a US visa, April 11, 2014.(AFP PHOTO / HO / PRESIDENT.IR)
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Iran has formally protested Washington's refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move damages international diplomacy and sets a "dangerous" precedent.The U.S. State Department and White House have said that Iran's selection of Hamid Aboutalebi to be its United Nations envoy is not acceptable. Iran's U.N. Mission sent a letter to the U.N.'s Committee on Relations with the Host Country and released a copy of it Monday night.Iran's letter said the United States was breaching its obligations under the U.S.-U.N. Host Country Agreement, which is a treaty and U.S. law that generally requires the host country to allow access to diplomats and U.N. guest speakers.
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