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Iran Open to Americans – Foreign Minister

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Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that all those with valid Iranian Visas, including Americans are welcome to come to Iran.

The foreign Minister took to his twitter handle to say that the country would gladly welcome anyone with a valid visa.

“Unlike the U.S., our decision is not retroactive. All with valid Iranian visa will be gladly welcomed,” it further read.

This is coming hours after Tehran vowed to respond in kind to the U.S. ban on visitors from Iran and six other Muslim dominated countries.

He however said that Iran would take reciprocal measures to protect its citizens while also taking into account that it is the U.S. policies that are hostile not Americans.

He said: “While respecting Americans & differentiating between them &hostile U.S. policies, Iran will take reciprocal measures to protect citizens.

He added that the ban showed that U.S. claim of friendship with Iran was baseless.

“International community needs dialogue & cooperation to address the roots of violence & extremism in a comprehensive & inclusive manner.

“Collective discrimination aids terrorist recruitment by deepening fault-lines exploited by extremist demagogues to swell their ranks.

“This ban will be recorded in history as a great gift to extremists and their supporters,” he said in a series of tweets’

It would be recalled that U.S. President, Donald Trump on Saturday, barred refugees and visitors from Syria and six other nations from entering the United States for the next four months.

While signing the executive order, Trump said the move would help protect America from terrorist attacks while it adopts more stringent ways of screening refugees, immigrants and visitors.

The countries under this ban are: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan as travellers from these countries were thrown into confusion on Friday after Trump gave the order.

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