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Portugal suspends visas to Iranians for unspecified ‘security reasons’

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s foreign minister says his country has temporarily stopped granting visas to Iranians “for security reasons.”

Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva tells a Portuguese parliament committee about the decision but declines to elaborate on the rationale for it. He says he would provide details privately to lawmakers on the committee.

Portugal has long had diplomatic relations with Iran, though trade and ties are minor compared with other European Union countries.

Online newspaper Observador reports that national news agency Lusa quoted Santos Silva saying, “Portugal doesn’t take lightly who it lets into the country.”

— AP

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