The veteran Iranian diplomat Hamid Aboutalebi, formerly that country's emissary to Italy, to Australia and now to the United Nations, can't seem to get his U.S. visa, The Washington Post reported on March 11.
He's apparently been waiting for months and no one in Tehran is quite sure why the delay.
"The Iranians are wondering how the apparently new spirit of dialogue and openness is being reciprocated if Tehran is not going to be able to get its top official into his office at the United Nations - which is, presumably, a player in the new diplomatic thaw (if any)," Washington Post quoted its sources in Tehran.
According to the report the issue has been checked with the State Department, where a spokesperson, told: "The Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits us from disclosing details of individual visa cases. All visa applications are reviewed individually in accordance with the requirements of U.S. immigration law."