Iran vows countermeasure against US visa ban

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Tehran, March 8 (IANS) Iran on Wednesday said the country will counter the US visa ban against Iranians, a media report said.

“Our earlier countermeasure against Trump’s order (to stop visa issuance for Iranians) is still in place,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi said, adding that “there is no need for a new decision”, Xinhua news agency reported.

On January 27, Trump issued an executive order for a 90-day ban on the entry visa issuance for seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and north Africa — Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen. However, it was halted later by a federal court.

On January 31, Iran said that it had stopped granting visas to US citizens in response to Washington’s travel ban.

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On Monday, the White House revised the earlier executive order and signed a new order that excludes Iraqi citizens, but keeps the visa applicants from six other countries, still targeting Iranians. The order is to be put into effect on March 16.



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