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    Iran will stop issuing entry visas to US citizens in response to US President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday.

    Trump signed an executive order on Friday blocking all refugees from coming to the United States for 120 days and suspending entry for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia for 90 days.

    The order, aiming to boost the country's security, has sparked controversy around the world and led to multiple protests in the United States.

    "Our response is this: we will not issue visas to Americans who want to visit Iran," Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a press conference alongside French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

    Zarif clarified that individual exceptions would be reviewed on a case-by-base basis.

    Iran has established a committee to address the challenges that Iranian nationals living abroad may face after US President Donald Trump signed Friday immigration decree suspending the nationals of Iran and six other Muslim-majority states from entering the United States for 90 days, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said.

    "The first step was forming a committee comprising a number of organizations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," Ghasemi told reporters late on Monday, as quoted by the Mehr news agency, stressing that Iran had carefully considered the approaches and measures that the state should take following Washington’s order.

    Ghasemi also expressed hope for the committee’s success in finding solutions to the situation.

    On Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry pledged to reciprocate the ban, however, the state's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif specified that Tehran's decision would not be retroactive and all US nationals with valid visas would still be welcome in Iran.


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