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An interview between CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour and Iranian President Ebrahim Raishi was canceled abruptly after Amanpour refused to wear a hijab, she said on Twitter.
Iran’s state news agency did not elaborate on the reasons for the sudden cancellation, but blamed Amanpour for “refusing the protocol”.It said the protocol was “decided by the guests.”
Amanpour said he would be discussing major demonstrations soaring in Iran, which included women protesting the death of a young woman named Martha Amini in police custody. including numerous incidents of people burning their hijabs.
But after her team waited 40 minutes for Raisi to arrive, his aide approached her. “The president was suggesting I wear a headscarf because it is the holy month of Muharram and Safar,” he said. Amanpour said.
“I politely declined. We are in New York where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves,” Amanpour added. “When I interviewed them outside Iran, they pointed out that no previous Iranian president had ever asked for this.
For example, she conducted several interviews with former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the United States and did not wear a headscarf.
This time, the aide made it clear that hijab was a condition of the interview, according to the veteran journalist, describing it as a “respect issue”. state.
Amanpour’s father is Iranian and spent part of his childhood in Tehran.