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UN Security Council to hold urgent talks on Iran missile test

The United States Requested The Emergency Consultations After The Israeli Ambassador To The United Nations Called For Council Action.

PTI | Updated on: 31 Jan 2017, 12:08:52 PM
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United Nations :

The UN Security Council will hold urgent talks on Iran’s test-firing of a medium-range missile on Tuesday, diplomats said.

The United States requested the emergency consultations after the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations called for council action.

Earlier, US had received assurances from Washington that its employees from Muslim countries hit by the US visa ban will be able to travel to New York to work at UN headquarters.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric initially told a briefing that there was a handful of staff who were unable to board US-bound flights at the weekend.

The spokesman later clarified that there were no confirmed cases of UN staff member being affected by the new policies.

US President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order suspending all visa applications from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for at least 90 days.

Some UN employees from the blacklisted countries have G4 visas, which are issued to staff of international organizations—a class of visas that was deemed exempt in the order.

“We have gotten assurances from the US mission that UN staff members from those seven countries listed, who have valid G4 visas, will be allowed to come in the United States for their work,” Dujarric said.

The United Nations has said it hopes the visa ban will be temporary but has not urged Trump to reverse course.

“Obviously we have seen the confusion that has taken place over the last few days, and it’s clear that it’s of concern to us,” said Dujarric.

UN rights chief Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein called the ban illegal and mean-spirited, issuing the toughest response from the United Nations.

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First Published : 31 Jan 2017, 11:58:00 AM