TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker strongly condemned the Norwegian government’s move to impose ban on 64 Iranian students, and called on relevant ministries to pursue the issue in a bid to settle the problem.
On February 18, Norway’s government banned 64 Iranian students to study in certain fields related to nuclear sciences and decided to expel them from the country for unknown reasons.
Condemning the move, Head of the Iranian Parliament’s Education, Research and Technology Commission Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi described the ban as “kind of scientific apartheid and sanction” against the country.
“We call on Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs to pursue the issue of Iranian students in Norway in a bid to remove their problems as soon as possible,” the Lawmaker noted.
Despite bans and restrictions, Iran has witnessed remarkable progress in different scientific fields in recent years.
In August 2013, the Supreme Leader had praised Iran’s eye-catching progress in scientific fields, saying that the growth was much greater than the world’s average.
Addressing a group of academic figures here in Tehran at the time, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the reliable international scientific studies, and stated that “Iran’s scientific growth during the past 12 years grew 16 times more than before and Iran’s scientific growth is 13 times greater than the world’s average rate.”
The Leader had also denounced some western states for their attempts to hinder Iran’s scientific progress by imposing illegal sanctions against the country.
“Contrary to its claims, the hostile and obstinate front formed against the Islamic establishment and the Iranian nation, is made up of only a few western domineering countries, and spares no efforts to impede Iran’s scientific progress,” Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.
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