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Iran names new UN envoy

Iran's new choice for UN envoy, Gholamali Khoshroo, has a history of facilitating dialogue between faiths and cultures.
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After nearly a year of controversy with US officials over its previous pick, Iran has appointed a new UN envoy. Gholamali Khoshroo, a seasoned diplomat who works to promote former Iranian President Mohamamd Khatami’s “Dialogue of Civilizations,” has been appointed as Iran’s permanent representative at the United Nations, said Iran’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.

The previous pick by by Iran, Hamid Abutalebi, caused an uproar when the United States refused to grant him a visa over Abutalebi’s role in the 1979 hostage crisis at the US Embassy in Tehran, where 52 Americans were held for 444 days. Abutalebi was instead appointed as President Hassan Rouhani’s political affairs adviser, and he has since been active on Twitter promoting engagement between Iran and the United States in Iraq.

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