FM condemns US airport officials’ insulting behavior towards Iranian national

FNA- The Iranian foreign ministry deplored the US airport authorities’ insulting behavior towards an Iranian national.

“I have not yet been convinced if the person (who was insulted) was an Iranian national or a citizen of one of the regional states,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

“Anyway, such a measure against not only the Iranian nationals but also citizens of other countries is to be blamed and condemned,” he added.

His remarks came after a recent discriminatory decision taken by new US President Donald Trump on imposing travel ban against nationals of seven Muslim states, including Iran, which was suspended by a US court order later.

Trump’s travel ban order was followed by several days of uncertainty from government officials, legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrant and civil rights groups, chaos at airports and protests throughout the United States, as well as condemnation from Democratic lawmakers and a few Republicans.

But there has also been an outpouring of opposition from world leaders and the international community at large. Thousands gathered outside 10 Downing Street, the seat of the British government, in protest against the order, while more than a million citizens signed a petition calling for a ban on Trump visiting the United Kingdom.

The political leadership in countries like Indonesia, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as the nations that comprise the Arab League, have all spoken out in condemnation of the order, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel personally lobbying Trump to reverse course.

But the order was suspended by a US court.