IRANIAN President criticizes Trump

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticised his US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday , saying now was “ not the time to build walls between nations ” .

“ They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago. Even if there are walls between nations , they must be removed ,” Rouhani said at a tourism convention in Tehran .

His remarks came after Trump ordered construction of a wall along the US – Mexico border and imposed tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries , among them Iran.

Rouhani did not comment directly on the visa ban , but said Iran had “ opened its doors ” to foreign tourists since the signing of a nuclear agreement with world powers in 2015.

With more than a million Iranians living in the United States , many families are deeply concerned about the implications of Trump ’s visa ban , which also affects citizens from Iraq , Libya , Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen .

On Thursday , one of Iran’s most popular actresses said she would boycott next month’ s Academy Awards in protest at the ban.

“ Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist . Whether this will include a cultural event or not , I won’t attend the # AcademyAwards 2017, ” tweeted Taraneh Alidoosti , who stars in the Oscar – nominated “The Salesman ” .

No visas will be issued for migrants or visitors from the seven countries for at least 90 days , a restriction which can be extended if the countries in question do not provide extensive information on individuals seeking to enter the United States .

Quizzed on the street , many Iranians said they were baffled by the move .

“ Americans themselves are mostly immigrants . To pick out a few countries and call them terrorist is not logical ,” said Mohsen Najari, a 33 – year- old resident of the Iranian capital .

Tehran and Washington have not had diplomatic ties since students stormed the US embassy in 1980 following an Islamic revolution that toppled the US -backed shah .

“ It’ s got nothing to do with terrorism. Iran and the US just don ’t have good ties . The US has good relations with Saudi Arabia so it doesn ’t matter how many terrorists come from Saudi Arabia ,” said Sima , a 27 -year- old .

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