Iran requested on Monday a special meeting of a UN committee on the United States' refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's new UN ambassador appointee, describing the decision as a dangerous precedent that could harm international diplomacy.
The United States said on Friday it would not grant a visa to Hamid Abutalebi because of his links to the 1979-1981 Tehran hostage crisis when radical Iranian students seized the US Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Abutalebi has said that he acted only as a translator.
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