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Iran's strong protest voiced to top IPU officials over US visa denial

United Nations, Sept 9, IRNA-An Iranian MP voiced Tehran's strong protest against US denial of issuing visa for Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel in separate meetings with top officials of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Thursday.

Iran's envoy to the Second World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, Mohsen Yahyavi, told IPU President Sergio Pa'ez the delay by Washington on issuance of a visa for Iranian Majlis speaker was "unreasonable" and "against all diplomatic principles".

Majlis Speaker Haddad-Adel was due to lead the Iranian delegation to the conference but he called off his visit to New York Tuesday after he was informed by the Foreign Ministry of the visa problems.

US officials declined to issue Haddad-Adel's visa within the due time, September 1, despite the fact that they were informed of his planned visit since two months earlier.

Secretary General of Iran's interparliamentary delegation urged Pa'ez to show a "serious reaction" to the "disrespectful" act of US officials by reflecting the issue in the final statement of the conference.

The IPU president, in his turn, regretted the US attitude towards Iran's Haddad-Adel stressing that with regards to what happened to the Iranian speaker and his Cuban counterpart who was also treated likewise, the conference organizers have decided to express "their protest and anger" by releasing a statement in this connection.

Yahyavi also held a separate meeting with the IPU Secretary General, Anders Johnson, during which the latter regretted the US act promising to make his utmost effort to reflect IPU's "strong protest" in its final statement.

Speaking to reporters after the meetings, Yahyavi stated that both Pa'ez and Johnson considered the US act as an example of its failure to keep its previous promises as Washington had pledged to issue visa for all participants of international gatherings which it hosted.

Yahyavi added that the two IPU officials also stressed that the body would hold its next meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, should US officials not stop acting similarly for future conferences.

Yahyavi and another Iranian MP Mehrangiz Morovvati are representing Iran at the three-day conference which started Wednesday afternoon.

In protest to the US action, Yahyavi and Morovvati refused to attend the event. They submitted the written text of Haddad-Adel's speech along with a letter of protest to the IPU President.

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