Washington D.C. –Rep. Eliot Engel, the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the Administration’s decision to deny a visa to the United States for Iran’s United Nation’s Ambassador appointee, Hamid Abutalebi.

“I applaud the Administration’s decision to deny Mr. Abutalebi a visa to the U.S. His appointment by the Iranian regime serves as a clear reminder that Iran remains a bad actor in the region and beyond, regardless of the most recent charm offensive. I hope Iran gets the message that we don’t forget easily the transgressions of the past.”