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US And Nigeria To Discuss Visa Ban Today In Washington

Funsho Akinwale

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the United States will on Monday meet to discuss the immigration visa restriction on the country at the Bi-National Commission meeting in Washington D.C.

Geoffery Onyema, the Foreign Affairs Minister, confirmed the new development, stating that his inter-agency delegation will attempt to reverse the restriction which is planned to take effect on February 21.

Other affected countries aside Nigeria are Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

The executive order was announced last week by Chad Wolf, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

He said in his statement that the new immigration restrictions were designed to address security concerns.

“The Federal Government has opened talks with strategic U.S. officials and diplomats on the need to review the immigrant visa restrictions imposed on Nigeria.

“The government is lobbying by presenting facts and figures to enable the U.S. to appreciate the position of the country.

“So far, we have had mutual talks with some of these officials and diplomats. By the time we sustain the lobbying in the next few weeks at home and abroad, we are hopeful of a review.

“I think, the situation is not as bad as being painted. A major concern of the U.S. is about the fight against terrorism.

“On our part, we will ensure that the mandate of the Presidential Committee, headed by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, is realized.

“Whatever we are expected to put in place will be done,” Onyeama stated.

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