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Iran to guarantee dual nationals will not face detention during stays

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iranian Foreign Ministry is to launch a program under which it can give guarantees that dual nationals traveling to the country will not face detention or any other legal problem.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday that the Ministry will soon launch an online service to enable dual nationals to check their legal records before they travel to Iran.

“A new service will come on line within nearly a week which helps these individuals and says that you have no problem for entry and return,” Amir Abdollahian was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“... and if a problem occurres the Foreign Ministry will be responsible and we will guarantee this issue,” he said.

The comments come more than a month after Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said Iranians living abroad who want to engage in business and investment activities in Iran should not have any concern about their travel to the country.

Raeisi said that his government would seek to facilitate the flow of investment into the country from Iranians living in other parts of the world, including in Western countries.

Current Iranian laws do not recognize dual nationality. However, the government and the parliament in the country seem to be willing to legislate on the issue to ease legal restrictions facing dual nationals when traveling to Iran.

Speaking to members of High Council of Iranian Affairs Abroad, Amir-Abdollahian called for a final settlement of the issue, saying the parliament will need to introduce new laws on how dual nationals should be treated.

He said the issue had caused unwanted consequences for Iran, including what he described as Iranophobia campaigns affecting Iranian nationals living abroad.

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