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Iran brands warnings against airport safety propaganda

Tehran, May 8, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Sunday lashed out at warnings against safety of the reopened Imam Khomeini International Airport, 48 km south of Tehran.

photo: ISNA

Canada, Australia, and Britain warned their people on April 29, one day before the IKIA's reopening, against the safety of runway they believe is built on top of some old aqueducts.

Asked about the trio's concerns, Asefi said their remarks are just scrupulous and unfriendly propaganda.

"Undoubtedly, the airport is safe. Passenger jets are landing and taking off at the airport," said the spokesman in his weekly news conference, adding, "We have told the British the airport is quite safe."

"Different airlines launched their maiden flights in the airport, but we have received no report on (the runway) unsafety from authorized officials," he stressed.

Shifting to airport facilities, the spokesman said the two Tehran-based Imam Khomeini and Mehrabad airports issue seven-day transit visas as of April 9.

He added, "According to a cabinet ratification, the Foreign Ministry's offices were equipped with needed systems at the airports and are now fully ready to issue the visas for the foreigners passing Iran.

"Nationals from most of countries may receive the seven-day visas and travel to their destinations via Iran. They have also the chance to pay a visit to Iranian cities."

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