Jul 8, 2014, 10:15 AM
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Official: President will not send Nahavandian to NY

Tehran, July 8, IRNA - A senior official in the Presidential Office denied a report that President Hassan Rouhani is studying the appointment of Mohammad Nahavandian, the presidential chief of staff, as Iran’s new envoy to the United Nations.

Nahavandian, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman and I have earlier denied this report , but some friends are still interested in following up the issue, said Parviz Esmaeili, head of the public relations department of Iran’s Presidential Office, on his Facebook page on Monday, said the English-language paper 'Iran Daily' in its Upside/Downside column on Tuesday.

He also questioned the claims covered on international mainstream media such as Bloomberg.

Esmaeili was reacting to a report which claimed Rouhani may name his American-educated chief of staff to be the country’s next envoy to the United Nations, after the US denied a visa to his previous choice.

In April, the Obama administration denied a visa to Iranian diplomat Hamid Aboutalebi alleging his involvement in the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

In an interview with the Iranian media, Aboutalebi said he served as translator and negotiator, but denied participating in the initial occupation of the embassy, known as ‘den of spies’ in Iran.

Aboutalebi was recently named as the top political adviser to Rouhani.