Monday, January 30, the Iraqi Council of representatives recommended that the government should respond symmetrically to the U.S. adopted measures to restrict immigration. The majority of the members of Parliament voted to recommend the government to impose a ban on the entry of the Americans in Iraq in the next 90 days, said MP Mahmoud al-Hassan Bloomberg. The Agency points out that this recommendation is not binding on the government. Parliament’s decision was taken in response to the Friday the decree of the President of the United States Donald trump, who introduced the ban on entry into the country of citizens of seven countries, including Iraq.
As noted by the AP, it is unclear whether proposed by the deputies of the ban of us military advisers involved in the operation for the liberation from Islamists of Mosul, and American oil companies that develop the Iraqi fields.
From the transcript of the meeting on the website of the Iraqi Parliament knows that the resolution was intended to give the interior Ministry and the Iraqi Ministry of defense authority to implement retaliatory measures against the United States. In addition, during the meeting, the deputies underlined that Washington’s actions are a violation of human rights and international law and are contrary to the spirit of strategic cooperation between Iraq and the United States in the fight against “Islamic state” (LIH, a banned terrorist group). According to deputies, the right of Baghdad to take the symmetric measure is based on the Vienna Convention of 1961 on diplomatic relations.
The abandonment of the dollar
The reaction of Baghdad called the presidential decree “About protection of the country from the entry of foreign terrorists,” signed by trump on Friday evening. According to the document, the United States suspended for 120 days the program of reception of refugees (arriving from Syria for an indefinite period) and impose a 90-day ban for citizens of Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Libya and Sudan to enter the country, even with valid visas and green cards.
The list of “concern” of the States referenced in the decree trump, was formed a few years ago: their citizens are not supposed to be a simplified visa regime. Initially, it was called Iraq and Syria, then the Department of homeland security (DHS), the U.S. added Iran and Sudan, and in February 2016 — Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
“It’s not religion, it’s in the terror and in trying to make the country safer, said Sunday trump in response to accusations of Islamophobia. — We will be back to issue visas to citizens of all countries once we ensure proper evaluation and implementation of our policy in the next 90 days.”
Other countries affected by the decree of the trump, also consider the possibility of introduction of retaliatory measures. On Saturday the Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Javad Zarif issued a statement, which also said that Tehran will appreciate the supposed “symmetric measures” against the United States. Zarif also stressed that all foreign nationals with current Iranian visas “are still welcome in our country”.
On Monday, Iranian news Agency Tasnim reported that Iran’s foreign Ministry formed a special Committee, which will decide whether to admit the American team at the world Cup in wrestling, which will be held in Iran in mid-February. In addition, Forbes reports, citing the President of the Central Bank of Iran that the Islamic Republic plans to abandon use of the U.S. dollar — however, it is not about transactions, but about the mention of the American currency in the reports of the regulator.
The allied powers, the United States also condemned the immigration policies of Washington. The new Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, denounced the cancellation of the program of accepting refugees, calling for compassion and help others one of the basic Christian values that lie at the basis of the United States. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as the message a press-the Secretary of the Federal government Steffen Seibert, is sure: “Even the necessary and decisive fight against terrorism does not justify the presumption of suspicion for people of a certain faith or origin”. Willingness to accept in their own country those who can not enter new rules in the United States, expressed by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.
Criticized by British parliamentarians has been Prime Minister Theresa may, who has not commented on the decree of the trump. A few hours before the signing of the decree may have met with trump in Washington.
Visas for Russians
As explained on Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Russia, the decree of the American President will affect the issuance of U.S. visas to Russian citizens. The Department of state will require the visa interview for all applicants if they apply for re-obtaining visas and since the expiration of the previous one took place more than 12 months, said the representative of the press service of the Embassy of the USA in Russia.
Previously, applicants could not pass the interview if I applied for a new visa within 48 months (four years) after the expiry of the previous visa. Exceptions will be made only for representatives of governmental and international organization, applicants younger than 14 and older than 79 years and for those who seek the same type of visa before the expiry of the year of the receipt of the previous one.