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New visa rule for Iraqis is postponed

September 17, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Syria has postponed the implementation of a plan to require visas for Iraqis entering the country until after the Muslim holy period of Ramadan ends next month, a Foreign Ministry official said.

The rule, which was to take effect last week, would require that Iraqis obtain visas to enter Syria, home to more than a million Iraqi refugees.

The majority of about 2 million displaced Iraqis are in Syria and Jordan. Both governments complain of burdens on their social services. Jordan has already tightened entry requirements.

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