Ex-NATO chief Solana denied entry to U.S. for visiting Iran

June 25, 2018

The United States has denied entry to the former secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and former Spanish foreign minister, Javier Solana, for his trip to Iran, a country put by President Trump on his blacklist.

Solana, who was scheduled to give a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, was refused U.S. visa by an electronic authorization system because of visiting the rival state, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

According to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), citizens of 38 countries can travel to the United States for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa.

However, if citizens of the VWP countries travel to one of the seven countries covered by new eligibility requirements (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen), they will have to apply for a new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) permission before travelling to the U.S.

As head of EU diplomacy, Solana was one of the first impellers of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Last time, he travelled to Tehran in 2013 during a ceremony headed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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