published : 2023-10-28

White House Defends Allowing Iranian Foreign Minister to Attend UN Meeting

National Security Council spokesperson explains the decision

White House spokesperson John Kirby addressing the media during a press briefing. Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The White House has come under scrutiny for approving a visa for Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian to attend a United Nations meeting in New York City.

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby defended the decision, stating that as the host country of the United Nations, the U.S. has an obligation to permit foreign ministers to attend the meetings.

Kirby emphasized that while the U.S. may not agree with the presence of the Iranian foreign minister on American soil, they take their responsibilities seriously and adhere to the rules and protocols of the United Nations.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian speaking at the United Nations. Photo taken with a Nikon D850.

Critics of the Biden administration have condemned the decision, pointing out Iran's support for terrorist groups such as Hamas.

Amid the controversy, Kirby expressed hope that world leaders would use the opportunity to confront Amirabdollahian on Iran's support for terrorism globally.

The presence of the Iranian foreign minister has sparked intrigue and astonishment, with questions raised about Iran's involvement in recent attacks on Israel.

World leaders gathered at the United Nations meeting in New York City. Photo taken with a Sony A7 III.

While the Biden administration has stated that Iran was not directly involved in planning the attacks, they hold Iran responsible for funding and enabling terrorist groups like Hamas.

With Iran reportedly maintaining numerous proxy groups in the Middle East, world leaders have a chance to address their concerns directly to the Iranian foreign minister during his visit to the UN.

The decision to allow Amirabdollahian's visit has stirred controversy and anticipation as the world awaits the outcome of the UN meetings.