Trump’s anti-immigration order annuls Iranologists biennial
Publish Date : Wednesday 8 February 2017 - 21:44
IBNA– The 8th Biennial of the Association for the Study of Persian-Speaking Communities (ASPS) earlier scheduled for March in Shiraz was annulled due to Donald Trump’s anti-immigration order.
According to IBNA
correspondent, the biennial that was supposed to be held on March 9 to 13 with Iranologists from 22 countries in attendance, was cancelled due to the unreasonable stance taken by the U.S. President Donald Trump
In line with other scientific-cultural institutions, the Association for the Study of Persian-Speaking Communities has strongly condemned Trump’s order to restrict immigrants and asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa to enter the U.S.
This stance has had a devastating effect on the cultural activities of many members of this association and if it continues, it will threaten the activities of the researchers of this association and also the future studies of Persian-speakers and the global interdisciplinary studies.
To retaliate against the anti-immigrant order
issued on January 27 by Trump, the Islamic Republic of Iran issued a statement on January 28, 2017 whereby, in the event of order’s ban on the arrival of Iranians to America, from this date, no visa will be issued for the U.S. citizens to visit Iran at least for 90 days.
Iran's Foreign Ministry officials refused to handle visa requests and announced that based on ongoing issues and because the U.S. researchers form the majority of participants at this conference, they were forced to cancel the event; this happened while many international researchers had planned to attend this conference.