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US refuses Iran top diplomat's request to visit Washington

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian holds a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Tehran on September 13, 2023
— Washington (AFP)

The United States said Monday it refused a request by Iran's foreign minister to visit Washington last week, pointing to concerns about Tehran's record including past detentions of US citizens.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian reportedly sought to travel to visit Iran's consular interest section following the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

"They did make that request and it was denied by the State Department," spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters.

"We do have an obligation to allow Iranian officials and other officials of foreign governments to travel to New York for UN business. But we do not have an obligation to allow them to travel to Washington, DC," he said.

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