Ethiopia: AU reacts to revised US travel ban on African countries

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has welcomed the removal of the travel ban on Sudan by the Government of the United States saying it looks forward to the full normalization of relations between the two countries.

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the AUC noted it was perplexed by the imposition of a travel ban on some African countries as the free and legal movement of people is the foundation of a stronger and mutually enriching relationship between the African continent and the United States.

“While sharing the same concerns with the United States of America on the threat of terrorism and violent extremism, the AUC is of the view that cooperation and meaningful engagement are vital in shaping a common response to this very demanding global challenge,” it stressed.

In a meeting on Tuesday at the African Union headquarters with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against the Boko Haram insurgency, the AUC leadership expressed bewilderment at the imposition of the "unjust"  travel ban on Chad, in particular, given its important role in the fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin, northern Mali, and the Sahel.

In addition, the AUC has called for meaningful dialogue between the government of the United States and Member States of the AU on the travel ban affecting African countries.

The statement said the Commission looks forward to discussing the matter in the upcoming AU-US High Level Dialogue in November 2017.

A proclamation by US President Donald Trump on Sunday was aimed at travellers from six Muslim-majority countries. The new ban targets the issuing of visas for citizens of Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Libya – which were included in Trump’s first two bans, while North Korea, Chad and Venezuela were added in the latest ban. The proclamation removed restrictions on Sudan altogether.
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27 september 2017 07:45:52

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