Iran Ignores Visa Applications from U.S. Congressmen

Daily News Article - April 18, 2016


1. Name the U.S. Congressmen who applied for visas to Iran.

2. For what reasons do the lawmakers want to visit Iran?

3. a) When did the three originally apply for visas to Iran?
b) When did they send a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking for a decision? Why did they write to the Ayatollah?

4. a) What request did the congressmen make in the letter to the Ayatollah regarding their visa application?
b) In their letter, what did the congressmen point out about travel between the U.S. and Iran?

5. What do you think Iran’s motive is for blatantly ignoring the request for visas from U.S. Congressmen?

6. The Obama administration was responsible for the U.S. and our partners at the U.N. lifting the long-standing economic sanctions against Iran. Why do you think President Obama does not now call for an answer on the Congressmen’s visa applications?

7. a) Which presidential candidate do you think would do the best job in dealing with Iran? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent the same question and to explain his/her answer.

CHALLENGE: Do an internet search to learn the Iranian government’s response to the Congressmen’s request for visas. (Visit the Congressmen’s websites for follow-up.)