Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, denounced the appointment of Hamid Aboutalebi as Iran’s new Ambassador to the United Nations. He is widely known to have been involved in the siege of the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 and the holding of 55 Americans as hostages for 444 days. “The appointment is an intentional insult to the hostages, their families and all Americans and again betrays the true nature of the Iranian regime.
“We hope the United States government can find a way to deny him a visa to enter the United States. We recognize the limitations imposed by the United Nations headquarters agreement; however, at the very least, his movements should be highly restricted. We applaud the members of the Administration, House and Senate who have spoken out on this and urge them to work together to take the maximum steps possible to prevent Aboutalebi from coming to the U.S.,” they said.