The United States takes its visa obligations seriously under its New York headquarters agreement with the United Nations. This was stated in the American Permanent Mission to the UN, TASS reports.
Journalists asked if visas would be issued to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other members of the Russian delegation to participate in the high-level week of the General Assembly. Since February 26, Sergei Lavrov has been under US sanctions. They prohibit him from entering the United States, except as specifically determined by the US authorities.
“As a host country, the United States has an obligation under the UN Headquarters Agreement to facilitate travel to the UN Headquarters area for representatives of states— UN members. We take our obligations under the UN Headquarters Agreement seriously,— said in the permanent mission.
At the same time, representatives of Washington noted that according to US law, visa issues are confidential.
The high-level week of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly will be held from 20 to 26 September. This year it will be held face-to-face, unlike the previous two years, when due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some performances were pre-recorded on video. On the eve it became known that, on behalf of the President, the Russian delegation will be headed by Lavrov. His speech is scheduled for September 24.
In total, the delegation will include ten people, including: Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin, Chairman of the International Committee of the Federation Council Grigory Karasin, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Vasily Nebenzya.
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