Ahmadinejad to Visit the U.S.

In the Media



By Michael Bearak.
In what many might consider a politically charged move, Iranian President Ahmadinejad has filed the paperwork for a visa to travel to the United States next week.
The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is one of the world’s most outspoken critics of the United States. Nevertheless, Ahmadinejad has come to the United States a number of times and recently even spoke at Columbia University amid much scrutiny. Now the Iranian president wants to come to the United States once again, this time for the United Nations’ Non-Proliferation Treaty review. At the same time the United States will be discussing with the members of the Security Council another round of sanctions against Iran for their nuclear program. Ahmadinejad and a delegation from Iran filed the necessary paperwork in Bern Switzerland today with the United State’s Embassy, this according to U.S. officials at the State Department and U.N. According to State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, most of the time the visas for foreign officials who are coming for U.N. business are normally granted, and he didn’t see a reason why those from Iran would be held any differently. Crowley did go on to say that the State Department hoped that Ahmadinejad would play a vocal and constructive role in the non-proliferation talks, at the same time he also said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not be available to meet with him and that he is not on her schedule.

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