Former Norwegian Prime Minister held at Dulles airport in Washington for visiting Iran

The former premier told ABC 7 that he was surprised at being stopped and asked: "What will the reputation of the US be if this happens not only to me but also to other international leaders?"

Former Norwegian Prime Minister held at Dulles airport in Washington for visiting Iran

Former Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik was held for questioning by customs at Dulles Airport i Washington DC.

He served as Prime Minister of Norway two times from 1999 to 2000 and 2001 to 2005 Reports say that he visited former US presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton in the White House while he was Prime Minister, and was stopped at the airport for an hour while en route to a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.


According to Norway's TV2, Kjell Magne Bondevik was questioned because he had visited Iran in 2004 and he said: "It appears that when the name of a certain country shows up, all of the antennas go up. This will create totally unnecessary suspicion. I think it was quite provocative."

"I understand the fear of terror, but one should not treat entire ethnic groups in such a way," he told the channel.

The former premier told ABC 7 that he was surprised at being stopped and asked: "What will the reputation of the US be if this happens not only to me but also to other international leaders?"

He said his passport shows of his history as Norwegian Prime Minister and his visit to Iran in 2004 to speak at a human rights conference.

Although stopped at a time of President Donald Trump's clampdown on immigrants, the former Norwegian premier was told by authorities at the airport that the scrutiny he was subjected to was part of a law signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015.