Iran embassy pursuing Georgia’s deportation of nationals

TEHRAN, Dec. 04 (MNA) – The embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tbilisi issued a statement on Monday, announcing that following the unusual deportation of a number of Iranian nationals across different borders of Georgia, the embassy has taken necessary measures through diplomatic channels.

The Iranian embassy in Georgia has also confirmed reports on December 2 about the deportation or entry ban of dozens of Iranian citizens from the Caucasus country, media reports said on Monday.

The Iranian embassy in Tbilisi said that it is pursuing the issue with Georgian authorities and asking for clarification of immigration laws and regulations and satisfactory explanation for the deportations.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tbilisi said "based on its duty in protecting Iranian nationals, the embassy is pursuing the issue through diplomatic means."

Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi also said some 200 Iranian nationals have been deported from land and air borders of Georgia by Sunday for various reasons.

He emphasized that although some of the deported Iranians had sufficient and credible documents, they were not allowed to enter Georgia.

“The reason for this (move) is not clear to us. We object to this and will continue discussions with the Georgian side to clarify the issue…,” the spokesman added.

Georgia is one of the countries in Iran’s vicinity that has visa free travel for Iranians who can stay up to 45 days in the country. In recent years many Iranian citizens have resided and invested in this country. 

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