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Javad Zarif welcomes Iran Oscar for best foreign film, ‘The Salesman’

Iran’s top diplomat has congratulated director Asghar Farhadi for winning the Oscar in the best foreign language category with his film “the Salesman.”

world Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:30 IST
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Best Foreign Language Film The Salesman Asghar Farhadi (Iran) is accepted by a designated woman reading Farhadi's statement.
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Best Foreign Language Film The Salesman Asghar Farhadi (Iran) is accepted by a designated woman reading Farhadi's statement. (Reuters Photo)

Iran’s top diplomat has congratulated director Asghar Farhadi for winning the Oscar in the best foreign language category with his film “the Salesman.”

Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday the prize is a move against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring U.S. entry to citizens from seven majority Muslim countries, including Iran.

Both state radio and television briefly reported on Farhadi’s win but many Iranians learned of the news from social media.

Farhadi boycotted the Oscars ceremony. He announced in January after Trump initially issued the ban that he would not attend the Hollywood ceremony in protest — even if an exception was made for him.