EU suspends travel ban on Iran's foreign minister

By REUTERS
May 24, 2011 22:11

 
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BRUSSELS - The European Union suspended a travel ban on Iran's foreign minister at the same time as significantly extending its sanctions against the country this week, an EU spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Ali Akbar Salehi was included in an EU travel ban before he became foreign minister earlier this year because of his role in Iran's nuclear program, which the West suspects of being a front for the development of atomic bombs.

"Technically he stays on the list, but the application of the travel ban has been suspended," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The spokeswoman said it was normal for foreign ministers not to be included on sanctions lists so they could carry out their role of interlocutor with other countries.

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