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France: Anti-Iran US visa law unacceptable

22 December 2015 13:45


President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher says a recent US law restricting visits to Iran is “unacceptable” and violates a July nuclear accord.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Monday evening at the end of his three-day visit, Larcher said Europeans and the French, in particular, consider the decision as inappropriate, adding that the measure sends a “bad signal” to the Iranian nation.

He will raise the issue with French President Francois Hollande, he said, adding Paris should speak out against the new US policy.

Larcher said the new legislation violates the agreement reached between Iran and six world powers (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany) in mid-July.

The agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), stipulates that Washington should set no new restrictions against Iran.

For more than 25 years, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allowed people from 38 countries, namely European states, Australia, Japan and South Korea, to travel to the US without applying for a visa.

However, US President Barack Obama on Saturday signed a USD-1.1-trillion funding bill that aims to exclude from the VWP all dual nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan, and anyone else who has traveled to those countries in the past five years. Such foreign nationals are now required to obtain a visa through standard measures, including face-to-face interview at a US consulate.

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