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Iran asks UN chief to intervene in envoy row

An undated handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president on April 11, 2014 shows Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi who has been recently denied a US visaIran on Monday urged United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to intervene directly in a row sparked by America’s refusal to give Tehran’s chosen UN envoy a visa. The spat over Hamid Aboutalebi has undermined a cautious thaw in relations after decades of enmity following the storming of the US embassy in 1979 and the subsequent hostage crisis. “We ask Mr Ban Ki-moon to step in and take the necessary action for resolving this issue,” deputy foreign minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi told the official IRNA news agency. “The foreign ministry fully supports its pick and considers him an efficient, experienced and qualified person for this post and does not intend to nominate a new person,” he said of Aboutalebi, who is a former ambassador to Australia, Italy and Belgium.

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