Attention for students in Hungary
April 9, 2020 (Farvardin 21, 1399) an interview was published by ISNA with the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the issue of 16 Iranian students being expelled from Hungary. I agree with Mr Mousavi that expelling citizens of another country is always a regrettable act. However, I need to point out that the statement of the spokesperson contains numerous omissions and misunderstandings which may easily mislead the reader.
First of all, during my meetings with the Iranian officials so far, not one of them questioned that the procedure we employed on the students in question was justified in terms of legal grounds. These students, while in “opposing the hospital conditions” were so aggressive towards the hospital staff and also threatening the health and safety of their surroundings, that police forces had to be called. To my knowledge, there were altogether 19 foreigners in quarantine. Only the aforementioned 16 students broke the rules – among the remaining 3 foreign nationals, one was also Iranian. The perception that the Hungarian authorities may charge someone “unjustifiably”, i.e. for no good reason is completely unacceptable.