President of Iran, Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati, was reported to have canceled an interview scheduled to hold with CNN Chief International Anchor, Christiane Amanpour, over refusal by the latter to wear a headscarf before the interview.
Newsonline reports that the interview which was slated to take place alongside the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, UNGA 77, was to give the Iran president, Ebrahim Raisi, the opportunity to address the women’s protest ravaging the country following the death of 22 years Mahsa Amini.
According to Amanpour, the president of Iran, 40 minutes into the interview sent a message that she has to wear a headscarf because it is the holy month of Muharram and Safar.
Amapour wrote on her Twitter handle, “Protests are sweeping Iran and women are burning their hijabs after the death last week of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest by the “morality police”. Human rights groups say at least 8 have been killed. Last night, I planned to ask President Raisi about all this and much more.
“This was going to be President Raisi’s first ever interview on US soil, during his visit to NY for UNGA. After weeks of planning and eight hours of setting up translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were ready. But no sign of President Raisi.
“40 minutes after the interview had been due to start, an aide came over. The president, he said, was suggesting I wear a headscarf, because it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar.”
The Chief International Anchor of CNN further disclosed that she declined the request and make the Iran president understand that the laws of the United State and the New York City did not mandate her to wear headscarf.
She added that she pointed out to Raisi that she never wore a headscarf when she interviewed other presidents of Arab countries and other Iranian presidents.
Amanpour continued, “I politely declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has required this when I have interviewed them outside Iran.
“The aide made it clear that the interview would not happen if I did not wear a headscarf. He said it was “a matter of respect,” and referred to “the situation in Iran” – alluding to the protests sweeping the country.
“Again, I said that I couldn’t agree to this unprecedented and unexpected condition. And so we walked away. The interview didn’t happen. As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it would have been an important moment to speak with President Raisi.”