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Rouhani: No time to build walls between nations

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Theresa Hayes | 29 January, 2017, 21:05

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said that this is not the time to build walls between the nations, referring to United States President Donald Trump's executive orders of constructing a wall along the southern borders of Mexico and America.

Rohani made the comments on January 28 at a tourism convention in the Iranian capital.

He added, "Have they forgotten that the Berlin Wall was demolished many years ago?"

"Walls should rather be razed if there is any between nations", Rouhani told an global conference of tour guides in Tehran, IRNA news agency reported January 28.

Trump has recently ordered to set up a wall on the US-Mexico border in a bid to fulfill his campaign promises to keep out illegal immigrants.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian president also said that Iran has witnessed a big rise in the number of the tourists visiting it since after historic diplomatic efforts led to the conclusion of a nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and world powers in 2015. "This is the day for the world to get closer through trade".

Taraneh Alidoosti, who stars in the Oscar-nominated The Salesman said, "Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. To pick out a few countries and call them terrorist is not logical", said Mohsen Najari, a 33-year-old resident of Tehran.

Tehran and Washington have not had diplomatic ties since students stormed the United States embassy in 1980 following an Islamic revolution that toppled the US-backed shah. "We have become neighbors in cultural, scientific, and civilizational terms, and also, the world of communications and communications technology have shrunk distances", President Rouhani said.