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Iran Banning Entry for US Citizens

CNN just reported this an hour ago. (Saturday 11:30 AM) I know that a number of people on this site have indicated that they plan to travel to Iran in the near future. Take note. It's a new world.

Posted by
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Thanks Nancy. There are a lot of Iranian-Americans in CA with family links that will be affected by this.

Posted by
2246 posts

I love that Iran is the one telling America it's no time to be building walls, my, how things change:

From the Reuters article:

"The restrictions against travel by Muslims to America... are an open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation in particular and will be known as a great gift to extremists," said the statement, carried by state media.

The U.S. ban will make it virtually impossible for relatives and friends of an estimated one million Iranian-Americans to visit the United States

Earlier on Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it was no time to build walls between nations and criticised steps towards cancelling world trade agreements, without naming Trump.

Trump on Wednesday ordered the construction of a U.S.-Mexican border wall, a major promise during his election campaign, as part of a package of measures to curb illegal immigration.

"Today is not the time to erect walls between nations. They have forgotten that the Berlin wall fell years ago," Rouhani said in a speech carried live on Iranian state television.

"To annul world trade accords does not help their economy and does not serve the development and blooming of the world economy," Rouhani told a tourism conference in Tehran. "This is the day for the world to get closer through trade."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-iran-idUSKBN15C0NR?il=0

Posted by
5487 posts

Nancy,
I lived in Saudi Arabia for five years and have been a student of the Middle East for decades. I have visited seven Middle East countries and would love to visit Iran under different circumstances.

Posted by
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I've cleaned up a lot of responses here. While the issue of Iran banning entry for US citizens is travel related and an important topic to understand for all travelers regardless of political affiliation, please do not let this thread devolve into political commentary.