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    In a abrupt about turn, Mexico has banned the deposed Shah of Iran from returning to Mexico from the United States.

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    CU Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Casteneda speaking in Spanish in Mexico City

    Diplomats were surprised by the Mexican government's decision, because they said, there was no way Iran could put pressure on the Mexican government. Mexico recalled all its diplomatic staff from Teheran earlier this month. The staff at the Shah's rented villa in Cuernavaca said they had expected him to return at any time from New York.

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    Background: In a abrupt about turn, Mexico has banned the deposed Shah of Iran from returning to Mexico from the United States. The government announcement on Thursday night (29 November) that the ex-monarch's return would be contrary to Mexico's interests and therefore a six month tourist visa given him in June would not be renewed.

    SYNOPSIS: Mexico's Foreign minister Jorge Casteneda made the announcement in Mexico City on Thursday night (29 November). He said the Mexican Ambassador in Washington, Mr Hugo Margain broke the news to the deposed Shah's family and his representative in New York. Mr Margain told them, the Mexican government was in no position to renew the Shah's visa and it was therefore useless for him to fly back to Mexico.

    Mr Casteneda's announcement came amid reports that an aircraft was waiting at Kennedy airport ready to fly the ex-Iranian head of state out of the United States. The Shah spent more than four months in Mexico before leaving for cancer treatment New York on the twenty-third of October. Mr. Casteneda said that because off the threat to international peace caused by the student takeover of the United States embassy in Teheran, it would be contrary to Mexico's interests -- which he said must be protected above all, -- to renew the tourist visa given to the former Shah.

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