Iran says will respond in kind to Trump’s ‘insulting’ ban

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani takes part in a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, September 22, 2016. (Reuters)

Iran will ban Americans from entering the country in response to President Donald Trump’s “insulting” order restricting arrivals from Iran and six other Muslim states, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran... has decided to respond in kind after the insulting decision of the United States concerning Iranian nationals”, the ministry said in a statement carried by state television.

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

Iran’s foreign ministry called the decision “illegal, illogical and contrary to international rules”.

It said its own ban on US nationals would continue until the American measure was lifted.

It said it had ordered Iranian diplomatic missions to help Iranians who had been “prevented from returning to their homes and places of work and study” in the United States.

Travel agents in Tehran said that foreign airlines had begun barring Iranians from US-bound flights.

Meanwhile the Iraqi parliament’s foreign affairs committee called Sunday for a reciprocal travel ban on Americans after Washington barred the entry of citizens from countries including Iraq, a lawmaker said.

“We clearly demanded that the Iraqi government deal reciprocally in all issues... with the United States of America,” Hassan Shwairid, the deputy head of the committee, told AFP.
 

(Additional editing by Al Arabiya English)

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