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    US: Zarif can visit sick colleague after Iran frees American

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United States (US) said on Friday that Iran’s Foreign Minister can visit the country’s ailing United Nations (UN) ambassador at a New York hospital only if Tehran releases an American citizen, diplomats and the US State Department said.

    Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in New York for the annual UN gathering of world leaders, had hoped to visit Iran’s UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi as he is being treated for cancer and requested permission from the State Department, diplomats at the UN said. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue has not been made public.

    The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Zarif that severely limit where he can go in New York City. The State Department confirmed on Friday that the Iranian Foreign Minister wants to visit “a colleague who is in the hospital receiving world class care.”

    “Iran has wrongfully detained several US citizens for years, to the pain of their families and friends they cannot freely visit,” the State Department said.

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