US narcissism behind UN visa denial

‘US narcissism behind UN visa denial’

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:22:59 GMT

The US refusal to grant visa to Iran’s newly-appointed ambassador to the United Nations is indicative of Washington’s narcissism, an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.

Christof Lehmann expressed his view as the US reiterated its decision not to issue a visa for Hamid Aboutalebi to represent Iran at the UN.

“Washington’s denial of a visa for Teheran’s top diplomat lifts US exceptionalism, narcissism and confusion of principles to an entirely new level,” wrote the analyst.

He added that narcissism is one of the “unmistakable trademarks” of the US foreign policy.

The analyst said Washington is not authorized to meddle with the affairs of other countries only because it hosts the UN headquarters.

“The US hosting the UN headquarters is not equivalent to heading a one-world government and does not grant the USA the privilege of interfering in sovereign nations’ sovereign decisions,” wrote Lehmann.

He said the US denying visa to Aboutalebi “raises questions about the US interpretation of its obligations as host for the UN headquarters in New York.”

Washington has decided to deny visa to Aboutalebi over his alleged involvement in the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran during post-revolution incidents in 1979.

Lehmann recommended US officials to refresh their memories about “the dirty little details of 1979.”

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian university students took over the US Embassy in Tehran, which they believed had turned into a “den of espionage.” Documents found at the compound later corroborated the claims by the students.

UN regulations stipulate that each country is allowed to select its own representatives at the international organization and the US, as the host country, must grant visas to the appointed diplomats.

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