US rescinds July 4 invites for Iran's diplomats
The Obama Administration today appeared to have toughened its stand against the Tehran regime as it rescinded an offer for Iranian envoys abroad to attend America's 'Independence Day' functions on July 4.world Updated: Jun 25, 2009 12:25 IST
The Obama Administration on Wednesday appeared to have toughened its stand against the Tehran regime as it rescinded an offer for Iranian envoys abroad to attend America's 'Independence Day' functions on July 4.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an earlier telegram messages to US diplomatic missions had asked them to invite Iranian diplomats in those countries for the July 4 celebrations. The step was a part of the Obama Administration's outreach efforts towards Iran.
However, with opposition and protest movement in Iran -- after the results of the presidential elections were declared, which has not been accepted by the opposition parties -- the US has now withdrawn that initiative.
"Many weeks ago the administration extended an invitation to celebrate the freedom that this country enjoys. Not surprisingly, based on what we see going on in Tehran, nobody has RSVP'd," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
"So I don't think it's surprising that nobody has signed up to come. Given the events of the past many days, those invitations will no longer be extended," Gibbs said.
First Published: Jun 25, 2009 11:14 IST