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    Guinea-US-Visas Restrictions

    US suspends visas for Guinean officials, relatives

    APA-Conakry (Guinea)

    The US State Department has decided to stop issuing visas to Guinean officials as of Wednesday 13 September 2017, due to Conakry’s refusal to take back its nationals residing illegally in the United States.

    According to the US Embassy in Guinea, this decision concerns visas of the B, F, J and M category issued to Guinean officials and members of their immediate families.
    Shortly after the decision was announced, the Guinean authorities, through the new Foreign Affairs Minister, Mamadi Conde, expressed their “surprise,” adding that todate there is no outstanding issue between the US and the Guinean side.
    However, Guinea is not the only country targeted by this measure. Countries such as Cambodia and Eritrea are also involved. The only difference is that the sanctions imposed on Guinea are tougher because
    they even affect civil servants.
    Upon taking office, the Trump administration decided to repatriate Guinean nationals living illegally or involved in criminal cases in the US.

    However, this decision by the United States administration has run up against Conakry’s refusal to cooperate, reports say.


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