Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze says her country's unilateral abolishment of the visa-free travel regime with Iran is temporary.
Panjikidze said on Wednesday that the decision to revoke visa-free ties with Iran was taken by Georgia’s special commission in charge of immigration issues.
“We are facing new challenges and we have to formulate a new policy,” she said.
“Visa policies with various countries should be revised and regulated. A part of the policy is unilateral cancellation of visa processes with Iran,” the Georgian foreign minister noted.
Chairman of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi on Wednesday downplayed Tbilisi’s new measure as “insignificant,” noting, “Since tourism industry is among the world’s money-making industries, Georgia put itself under embargo by revoking visa-free entry for Iranians.”
On Tuesday, Georgia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Irakli Vekua, announced that the country had reinstated visa requirements for the Iranians, saying, "As of July 1, Iranian citizens have to obtain a visa to enter the Georgian territory.”
In 2010, Iran and Georgia signed an agreement for visa-free travel between the two countries, in a move to enhance bilateral ties in trade and tourism.