Iran okays visas for US wrestlers after ban halt

Iran okays visas for US wrestlers after ban halt ... 05/02/2017 Sports

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

* * * Iran has agreed to issue visas for US freestyle wrestlers seeking to join World Cup games in the Islamic Republic after Washington suspended a controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, including Iranians.
In a Sunday statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the visa ban against American athletes was revoked following “the halt in the implementation of discriminatory restrictive measures against the entry of Iranian citizens into the US as well as requests by the Iran Wrestling Federation and the president of the United World Wrestling.”
Last Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, banning the entry of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen into the United States for 90 days over purported security concerns.
In a retaliatory move, Iran formed an ad hoc committee tasked with canvassing the potential participation of US athletes in the prestigious international tournament, which is due to take place in Iran’s western city of Kermanshah from February 16-17.
The committee decided against issuing of visas for the American team.
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