Iran’s president bailed on a long-scheduled interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday as a result of she declined to put on a head scarf.
The journalist stated the interview with President Ebrahim Raisi had been scheduled for weeks, however that Raisi was working at the least 40 minutes late.
The interview was deliberate to coincide with Raisi’s speech on the United Nations Common Meeting in Manhattan.
Amanpour stated Raisi’s aide approached her and steered she put on a head scarf for the interview. In current weeks, Iran has been rocked by protests after a younger girl, Mahsa Amini, died in police custody after she was arrested for not sporting a head scarf. A minimum of eight folks have been killed within the demonstrations.
“I politely declined,” Amanpour stated on Twitter. “We’re in New York, the place there isn’t any legislation or custom concerning headscarves. I identified that no earlier Iranian president has required this when I’ve interviewed them exterior Iran.”
Amanpour was raised in Tehran and likewise interviewed Iran’s two earlier presidents, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hassan Rouhani. Raisi’s aide insisted, however Amanpour refused and known as the demand “unprecedented and sudden.”
Raisi by no means confirmed up, and Amanpour tweeted a photo that confirmed her sitting throughout from an empty chair.
“As protests proceed in Iran and persons are being killed, it could have been an vital second to talk with President Raisi,” she wrote.