Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
In a press release issued late on Wednesday, the Presidential Office refuted claims by certain news websites that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took his daughter, groom, and his grandchild to New York as he attended the annual UN General Assembly meeting.
The statement called the report "unfounded". It also called on media outlets to observe code of ethics.
In a related report, Mehr News Agency has published a photo of Ahmadinejad relatives in New York:
Ahmadinejad's wife, son, daughter-in-law and her mother (Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei's wife) in New York (sitting in the center row)
According to the report, which is quoting Alef website, visas had been requested for the following Ahmadinejad relatives: wife, son, daughter-in-law, daughter, son-in-law, and grandchild. However, the visa wasn't issued in time for the daughter, son-in-law and the grandchild. But the rest of the relatives accompanied Ahmadinejad as shown in the above picture. According to Mehr, the photo was initially release by Ahmadinejad's website. But it was later remove from the site.
Mehr also reports that although although Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei accompanied Ahmadinejad in New York, he doesn't appear in any of the official photos. So some are wondering what he was doing while in New York and there are rumors going around. Raja website is for example is claiming that an eyewitness has seen Iranian author Camelia Entekhabifard, a friend of Faezeh Hashemi, visiting Mashaei at his place and meeting him for two hours. According to the 'eyewitness' one of Mashei's deputies had also been present at the meeting.
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