Iran slams America's travel ban of Muslims in US; Calls it illegal, illogical move
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 30-Jan-2017

Tehran, January 30: Iran immediately backfired on Trump administration after imposing a restriction on the travel of Muslims to the United States stating it as an illegal, illogical move. Iran will also block American citizens from entering the country in “retaliation” for Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from seven majority-Muslim countries coming to the US.
Notably, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qasemi said that the ban is a clear insult to the Islamic world, and especially the great nation of Iran. Qasemi further said, “The decision of the Government of the United States incorporates certain requests that are illegal, illogical and contrary to international law.”

“Considering the absence of relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States, those requests are not applicable to and cannot be accommodated by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Any abuse by the United States of this situation to prolong the discriminatory measures and cause any further inconvenience for Iranian nationals is not only illegal but against common sense,” Qasemi added.

Qasemi further said, “The US ban is an “affront against the Muslim world”, the statement said, adding it would be a “great gift to extremists”. Therefore Iran will also ban American nationals and until the offensive US limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted.” Iranian official further said, “Despite claims of being made to combat terrorism and protecting the people of the United States, Trump administration has put this fragile ban.”

Qasemi said, “While the international community needs dialogue and cooperation to address the roots of violence and extremism in a comprehensive and inclusive manner, and at a time when the United Nations General Assembly approved by consensus the proposal of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran for a World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE), the imprudent decision of the U.S. Government to apply collective discrimination against citizens of Muslim countries will only serve to provide a fertile ground for more terrorist recruitment by deepening the ruptures and fault-lines which have been exploited by extremist demagogues to swell their ranks with disenfranchised and marginalized youth, and further promote their campaign of hatred, violence and extremism.”

“Moreover, with this decision, the reports of U.S. intelligence and security organs and past statements of current US officials which emphasized on the role of the United States and its regional allies in fomenting and expanding extremist groups, including Daesh (ISIL), appear to have been conveniently forgotten” Qasemi added.

Qasemi further said that the Iranians are the first victims of organized terrorism but still a resilient nation which has stood firm in the face of extremist terrorists. Showing the greatness of Iran, Qasemi also said that the scientists, students, entrepreneurs, tourists or immigrants, from Iran have been known as one of the most law-abiding, cultured, educated and successful communities, thus representing its Iranian and Islamic culture and civilization in the most dignified and peace-loving manner.

Importantly, Qasemi further said that to ensure respect for the dignity of all members of the great Iranian nation at home and abroad, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran will engage in a careful assessment of the short and medium-term impact of the decision of the U.S. Government on Iranian nationals, and will take proportionate legal, consular and political action and while respecting the American people and differentiating between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. Government – will take reciprocal measures in order to safeguard the rights of its citizens until the time of the removal of the insulting restrictions of the Government of the United States against Iranian nationals.

Meanwhile, all diplomatic and consular missions of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been instructed to prioritize the provision of consular facilities to all Iranian nationals who due to the illegal step of the Government of the United States have been prevented from returning to their places of residence, work and education.

On the other side, Iran on Sunday summoned Swiss ambassador a letter of protest. Informing about this letter, Qasemi said that this letter Iran protested to the recent order of the US President, Donald Trump, to impose limitation and show discriminatory approach against Iranian citizens traveling to the US.

Earlier, Trump on Friday signed a sweeping executive order to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough controls on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.