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Eritrea slapped with US visa restrictions

The Donald Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it will end and in some cases restrict the issuing of certain visas to countries it deemed uncooperative to the interest of the United States.

Among the countries mentioned were Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone. These nations were accused of not helping the accept deportees that the United States did not want to keep. Sierra Leone has since made a U-turn and announced it would allow the deportation and has officially been taken off the list. This comes as the new administration is advocating for the mass deportation of what it deems are aliens and illegal people.

According to media reports, “The cables, sent by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to consular officials around the world, said the four countries were “denying or unreasonably delaying” the return of their citizens, and that visa restrictions would be lifted in a country if it accepted its deportees”.

Among these nations, Eritrea was seen as the most uncooperative and the new administration is to restrict most visas from being issued in Asmara.

The embassy in Asmara confirmed in a statement that it will stop giving visas to Eritreans except with “limited exceptions.” Eritrean officials were not immediately available for comment.

This comes as trade missions’ between the United States and African countries, advocated by former President Barack Obama are being cancelled or being limited as most, in some cases all visas are being rejected by American missions. Most recently, a University of Southern California sponsored African business summit faced a major setback when no single African delegate was granted a visa.

The Reporter reached out to the American Embassy in Eritrea for further comments but as of press time, there was no reply.