Iran names new U.N. ambassador months after U.S. bans first choice

January 28, 2015 3:03 PM

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has appointed career diplomat Gholamali Khoshroo as its envoy to the United Nations, state-run Tasnim news agency said, ten months after the United States barred its initial candidate for his role in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis in Tehran.

Khoshroo served as a deputy foreign minister from 2002 to 2005 during the presidency of reformist Mohammad Khatami and helped him with the U.N. intercultural "Alliance of Civilizations" project, Tasnim said on Wednesday.

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