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Former U.S. hostages angry about new Iran U.N. envoy appointee

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Former U.S. embassy workers held hostage in Iran in 1979-1981 are outraged that Tehran has selected a new U.N. envoy who may have played a role in the 444-day crisis and want him barred from U.S. territory, lawyers for the ex-hostages said on Monday.

The fact that Hamid Abutalebi, a veteran diplomat who has held key European postings in the past, has been selected by President Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s new ambassador to the United Nations has been well known among U.N. delegations for months.

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