At the airport of Washington detained Norwegian ex-Prime Minister. He says America’s reputation will not benefit from this

yvshego Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik was detained at the Washington DULLES international airport and interrogated in connection with his visit to Iran in 2014. This ex-Prime Minister said in an interview with ABC7.

According to Bondevik, he flew to the United States from Europe on Tuesday evening, to participate in the National prayer Breakfast. During customs control customs officers saw his passport a mark about visiting Iran and detained him.

Thus, according to Bondevik, the passport also stated that he was Prime Minister of Norway, which is an ally of the United States.

The former Prime Minister said that while he understood the US desire to protect its citizens, it was obvious that he is not a terrorist. «For them it should be enough that I had a diplomatic passport and I do not represent a threat for the country to keep me,» said Bondevik.

However, he was placed in a room along with travelers from the Middle East and Africa, where he spent 40 minutes and then another 20 minutes answering questions about the trip to Iran in 2014.

Bondevik explained that heads the human rights organization The Center of Oslo and in 2014 visited Iran to participate in a conference on human rights.

At the same time, in his view, increased attention of the security services is not due to the ban of U.S. President Donald trump on immigration from Muslim countries, and with the law adopted Barack Obama in 2015 in the Wake of the terrorist attacks in California and Paris. In accordance with this law concerning citizens of the 38 countries with which the United States have visa-free regime (including Norway), there are special restrictions if they visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. However, those who visited these countries on behalf of international or regional organizations, these restrictions are not subject to.

According to Bondevik, such incidents can harm the image of the United States. «What will happen to the reputation of the United States, if this happens not only with me but with other foreign leaders?» he said.




At the airport of Washington detained Norwegian ex-Prime Minister. He says America’s reputation will not benefit from this 04.02.2017

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