Trump visa order 'flagrant insult' to Islamic world, Iran says

Posted January 29, 2017

Trump and his loyalists have said the order, which bans travel to the US from those countries for at least 90 days and suspends the refugee program for 120, will help to fight terrorism. Unfortunately, President Trump's new ban sends exactly the opposite message.

Qatar Airways, one of the largest Middle East airlines, said on its website that only those with Green cards would be able to board flights headed for America.

Other world leaders, including officials from Canada and Scotland, also tweeted responses to the new USA policy.

In a tweet the actress said she would boycott next month's Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, saying: "Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist".

"It's extraordinarily cruel", he said. Diplomats are also exempted.

"I had a ticket for Turkish Airlines on February 4, but it has been cancelled", the girl who did not wish to be identified told AFP.

The two countries have had no diplomatic relations since 1979 when militants stormed the USA embassy.

He said the ban was needed to keep out "radical Islamic terrorists".

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"The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the USA resettlement program is one of the most important in the world", the two agencies said in a joint statement. "We want to ensure that we are not admitting to our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas".

Trump's order affects individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.

While PAAIA remains open to working with President Trump's administration, we remain vigilant in responding to any measures that unfairly target our community. You can email us at travelban@propublica.org, or text me an encrypted message using Signal to (609) 613-0526.

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Pakistani Nobel Peace laureate, also criticised the US President Donald Trump's executive order suspending refugee arrival and entry from seven Muslim countries.

Zahra Ahmadipour, head of the Iranian Cultural, Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organisation, announced Thursday that Iran planned on abolishing entry visa requirements for up to 36 countries. "In the case of these nationalities, they are not permitted to enter the U.S". In the past 10 years, Iranian and Iraqi citizens have received over 250,000 green cards.

Reuters is reporting that the statement, issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, has announced that "While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the us government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive usa limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted".

While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the US government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive USA limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted.

Abdi is concerned the temporary ban will become permanent. Trump also issued a 90-day ban on all entry to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries with terrorism concerns, including Syria.