The US authorities issued a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to attend the annual session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This was reported by the press secretary of the permanent mission of Iran to the UN.
“Yes, he received a visa and has already arrived in New York,” the diplomat said.
Earlier, Reuters, citing sources, reported that the US authorities have decided so far not to impose sanctions on the Iranian Foreign Minister. According to him, the decision to grant Zarif a visa was approved by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.
On June 24, US President Donald Trump signed a decree providing for tougher sanctions against Iran. Speaking to reporters, he clarified that the new unilateral measures are directed primarily against the leader and spiritual leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In turn, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin later said that it was also planned to include Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in the sanctions list.