State Dept. issues visas for Iran president, foreign minister to attend UN meetings in N.Y.

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 8:13 AM PT — Friday, September 20, 2019
The State Department issued diplomatic visas to top Iranian officials ahead of the upcoming United Nations meetings in New York. The visas were reportedly granted to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
The travel documents allow the Iranian officials to attend the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, which starts next week. The Iranian mission to the UN has confirmed the U.S. visas have been approved.

File photo – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, listens to his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif prior to a meeting in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
The move comes after President Trump said he would like officials from Tehran to attend the meetings.
“I mean it’s not up to me; it’s up to him — we’ll see what happens,” the president told reporters. “I’ve always felt the United Nations is very important, I think it’s got tremendous potential.”
Over the past few days, reports have alleged the president may meet with Iranian officials on the sidelines of United Nations meetings to help ease tensions in the Middle East. However, the White House has disputed those claims.

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