VISA BARRIER TO IRAN FROM TRUMP ADMINISTRATION




Selin ATAY-TDO-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif may not be able to attend the UN General Assembly, which begins in New York on Tuesday, if the Trump administration fails to issue visasin the next few hours.

While the agenda has been mixed as Washington and Riyadh has blamed Tehran for attacks on two key facilities of Aramco, Iran may cancel his appearance at the UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday because of the US visa hurdle.

State agency IRNA said that normally President Hassan Rouhani is supposed to leave Iran on Friday and Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif has to leave Iran on Monday to take place at the UNGA meeting on Tuesday.  “The visits will likely be cancelled if their visas are not issued in the next few hours,” the state news agency IRNA reported.

However, it had been on the agendawith the G7 summit at the end of August, US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's head-to-head meeting at the UN General Assembly, mediated by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Yesterday, Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would never be any direct face-to-face talks with the US, but that multilateral talks with Washington could be held if the US returns to the 2015 nuclear deal.