Untrustworthy, Sharia-loving, America-hating Muslims exiting immigration after arriving from Dubai on an Emirates flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens on Saturday
Excerpted From The Wall Street Journal: Iran vowed Saturday to respond to President Donald Trump’s suspension of U.S. visas for citizens of seven countries including the Islamic Republic, as the president’s new executive order tripped up travelers across the Middle East.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement carried by the official Islamic Republic News Agency, called Mr. Trump’s immigration ban “an obvious insult to the Islamic world and especially the great Iranian nation” and warned it would be a “gift to the extremists and their supporters.”
The statement promised proportionate legal, consular and political consequences, but it didn’t say what those would be.
President Trump’s executive order, signed Friday, suspends entry into the U.S. for travelers from seven countries with sizable Muslim populations: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The order, which is in effect for at least 90 days, was imposed as a specific counterterrorism measure but its impact has been broadly felt already.
On Saturday in Cairo, six Iraqis—a family of four and two others—as well as a Yemeni were all stopped from boarding a flight to New York because of the new regulations, according to an EgyptAir official.
All airlines operating in Egypt were told earlier that they need to send a full list of passengers and their information to the U.S. authorities for approval, said the official, who asked not to be named because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.
Qatar Airways, one of the three major Persian Gulf airlines with frequent flights to the U.S., said on its website that nationals from the seven affected countries would only be allowed to travel to the U.S. if they hold a green card or belong to a number of specific visa categories including government officials or travelers to the United Nations.
It is unclear how many Americans travel to Iran each year, but the U.S. State Department has long warned against travel to the country, citing a risk of detention for Iranian-Americans and the lack of an American embassy there.
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington’s visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries announced by new U.S. President Donald Trump.
“While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.
“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.”
The protectionist-minded Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, fulfilling a campaign pledge to end American involvement in the 2015 pact.
Rouhani, a pragmatist elected in 2013, thawed Iran’s relations with world powers after years of confrontation and engineered its 2015 deal with them under which it curbed its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from sanctions.