Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Political Exchange

There were various rumors. A professor at the London School of Economics said he had been told by an Iranian that visas for Americans were only “airport visas”—good for getting to the airport, at which point an ultimate decision was going to be made. The Iranian said that “lots of Americans” had been turned away at the airport. Another American academic had been deported to Dubai. There were rumors that Iranian ambassadors had authority to give visas, in certain emergency cases, where the Iranian interagency committee had not yet given final approval and that it was these visas that were being canceled.

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