Senate votes to bar proposed Iran U.N. ambassador from country

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday seeking to bar Iran’s proposed U.N. ambassador, Hamid Abutalebi, from entering the United States. The legislation, introduced by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, would prevent “known terrorists” from entering the United States to serve as U.N. ambassadors. The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the measure by a voice vote. Several lawmakers had said they were infuriated that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would make such a choice, and the State Department had expressed concern.

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