Iran has criticized Georgia after an Iranian woman was forced by Tbilisi airport security forces to remove her hijab.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday called on Georgian authorities to treat Iranian tourists with respect.
“Respecting Iranian tourists and treating Muslim women in general, and Iranian women in particular, with dignity is an absolute necessity for the growth of tourism industry in Georgia,” Zarif said during a meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
It came after it was reported that a Muslim Iranian woman visiting Georgia was forced to take off her hijab for frisking.
The Georgian prime minister, while expressing surprise, say he would look into the incident.
“I cannot imagine that Muslim women are offended in Georgia,” Kvirikashvili said.
In another incident in Europe last week, a Muslim woman has said that airport staff told her to take off her hijab if she wanted to get on a flight from Rome to London.
Aghania Adzkia said was passing through security when she was ordered by the airport security staff to remove her hijab. She recorder her experience that occurred at Ciampino Airport in the Italian capital of Rome on Sunday.