ID : N-3639 Date : 2018/12/06 - 11:33
(Persia Digest) – The Georgian Ambassador to Tehran has been called to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran to protest the treatment of Iranian citizens by the Georgian immigration police.
The Head of Iran’s Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed to the friendly ties between the two countries and nations and said an increased number of deportations from border crossings was against the spirit of visa waivers and increasingly better ties between the two countries.
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The Georgian Ambassador also made his case and expressed concern for the treatment, underlining ties between the two counties and the respect of the Georgian government and nation for Iranians.
He also expressed hope that the positive ties and interactions would continue to develop and said he would look into the matter.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that large numbers of Iranians have been deported from Tbilisi airport and land borders of Georgia. The news indicates that following the election of Salome Zurabishvili as the new President of Georgia, her anti-immigrations policies have been taking hold.
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Iranian citizens are exempt from visas for Georgia for a 45-day visit. This country has been a tourist, immigration, and work destination for Iranians over recent years. Unofficial statistics show that there are currently 40 thousand Iranians living in Georgia, of whom 10 thousand have residence permits.
The Iranian Embassy in Tbilisi had announced in a statement earlier that it would pursue the deportation of Iranian citizens from Georgia through diplomatic channels.
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