CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour claimed that the interview planned weeks before with Iranian President Ibrahim Reisi, who was in New York for the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations, was canceled because he did not agree to wear a headscarf.
“Protests continue in Iran and following Mahsa Amini’s murder after being arrested by the ‘morality police’ last week,” Amanpour said on his social media account. Human rights groups say at least 8 people have been killed. “Last night, I planned to ask the Presidential Chief about all this and more.”
IT WOULD BE THE FIRST INTERVIEW ON US LAND
Noting that the interview in question will be the President’s first interview on US soil during his visit to New York for the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations, Amanpour said, “After weeks of planning and eight hours of translation equipment, lights and cameras installed, we were ready. But there is no sign of the President of the Republic,” he said.
Amanpour said that 40 minutes after the meeting started, an aide of the President came to him and said, “He said that the President suggested that I wear a headscarf because it was Muharram and Safar. I politely declined. “When I interviewed them outside of Iran, I stated that no previous Iranian president had requested this,” he said.
“HE SAID IT WAS A ISSUE OF RESPECT”
Expressing that the Chief’s deputy made it clear that there would be no meeting if she did not wear a headscarf, Amanpour said, “He said it was a ‘respect matter’ and referred to the ‘situation in Iran’, referring to the protests that swept the country. I said once again that I cannot participate in this unprecedented and unexpected situation.” Amanpour said that after his speech, Reisi left his assistant and said, “The meeting did not take place. “As the protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it would be an important moment to talk to the President of the Republic,” he said. (UAV)