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Iran to allow neighbors visa-free travel

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says that Tehran plans to lift visa requirements for citizens of neighboring countries.

Mottaki made the remarks on Sunday in the northwestern province of Ardebil, IRNA reported.

He said that the move will help Iran increase its interactions and communication with neighboring countries.

He went on to say that Iran has already lifted visa requirements for Azerbaijani nationals and expects Baku to introduce a visa-free regime for Iranians soon.

In addition, Iran and Georgia are also planning to eliminate visa regulations for their nationals in the near future, Mottaki noted.

Iran and Georgia have expanded their ties and cooperation in the economic, industrial, and trade spheres in recent years.

It is estimated that Iranian citizens are allowed visa-free access to 43 countries and territories.

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