Gov’t working to ensure annulment of Ghana-US Visa sanction – Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, says government is working to ensure annulment of US Visa sanctions against Ghana.

The US department of homeland security (DHS) and department of state issued visa sanctions on Ghana owing to what they described as “lack of cooperation” in accepting its citizens ordered removed from the US.

In a statement, secretary of homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen said Ghana has “denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States.”

As a result, the US placed unspecified visa restrictions on certain categories of applicants from Ghana until cooperation on removals improves “to an acceptable level.”

Speaking at meet-the-press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the conference room of the Ministry for Information, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said the sanctions affects most members of state and families as well as government appointees.

“We are working towards ensuring that these sanctions are lifted and I am hoping that in the next review, they will lift the sanctions. They are asking that when they present requests for documents we should expedite actions on the issuance of these documents. But as a country we do have a process to follow before issuing these documents” she said.

The Minister revealed that most of these people when arrested do not have documents which makes the whole process cumbersome.

She, however, stated that the Ministry is cooperating and has already posted a consulate officer who is working assiduously to ensure the smooth running of affairs to avoid future Visa Sanctions with the U.S.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa