Still no US visa issued for Iranian president, says spokesman

Iran Materials 15 September 2008 12:48 (UTC +04:00)

The United States has not yet issued a visa for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend the United Nations General Assembly later this month in New York, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said Monday.

The spokesman said it was hoped that the visa would still be issued in time, reported dpa.

The Fars news agency had on Saturday reported that despite a timely application, no visas have yet been issued for the president and any of the Iranian delegation members.

Tehran accused the US last year of purposefully delaying the process to disrupt the president's travel schedule. The visas were, however, eventually issued.

Ghashghavi said that Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the UN's General Assembly on September 23, confer with some of his counterparts, hold a press conference and meet with Iranians living in the US.

The spokesman said that Ahmadinejad might also attend a question and answer session at one of the New York universities.

Ahmadinejad is expected to once again appeal to the UN assembly to amend the status quo of the world body, which the Iranian president has several times alleged to be under the domination of world powers, especially the US.