Former Somali president denied US entry under Trump’s travel ban

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been denied entry to the United States under President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, local Garowe Online news service reported on Monday.

The U.S. Consulate in the Somali capital, according to the sources, argued that Somalia is one of the Muslim nations included in the travel ban that blocked their citizens from entering the United States since last year.

Mohamud was invited to Harvard’s African Development Conference to deliver a speech on “Somalia the Crossroads: Opportunities and Challenges Post Civil War” scheduled for 27 March.

World Affairs Council of Marine, which organised the event, has confirmed the denial of the visa to the ex-leader and announced cancellation of the event on its website on Monday.

“We regret to share that H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was denied visa issuance by the U.S. Consulate in Somalia under executive order 13769, protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States,” said World Affairs Council of Marine in a statement.

World Affairs Council of Marine Executive Director Kate McCarthy said they were “deeply sorry that Mohamud will not be able to present his speech as a keynote speaker and miss the story of Somalia at the key event.”

Mohamud was the 8th President of Somalia from September 2012 until February 2017. A civil and political activist, Mohamud was previously a university professor and dean.

In 2013, he was named to the Time 100, TIME magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. His efforts at advancing national reconciliation, and socio-economic and security sector reforms in Somalia were cited as reasons for the selection.

Throughout the Somali civil war, beginning in 1991, Mohamud was one of the few Somali intellectuals who remained in the country, working as a peace activist, reconciliation champion, and campaigner for education, as well as consulting with various non-government organizations, UN bureaus, and international organizations such as Oxford University’s Centre for Refugee Studies.

To address the need for a well-trained civil service for post-conflict reconstruction, Mohamud co-established the Somali Institute of Management and Administration Development (SIMAD) in 1999. The institution subsequently grew into the SIMAD University, with Mohamud acting as dean until 2010.

In 2011 he established the Peace and Development Party (PDP), with the mandate of restoration of peace and stability in Somalia through dialogue and reconciliation. In September 2012, Mohamud was elected as President to lead the first internationally recognised constitutional government in over 20 years.

Under his administration, the federalization process of the country was initiated with the formation of federal member states, constitutionally mandated committees were formed, numerous legislation were passed, relations with IMF were restored after a 25-year absence, economic reforms supporting growth were delivered and new elections were undertaken resulting in the peaceful transfer of leadership.
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26 mars 2018 09:24:59

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