Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on email@example.com
Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Tuesday Africa’s most populous nation was already working on the security and information sharing requirements to get the U.S. travel ban lifted.
“We’ve identified all those requirements and we have actually started working on all them,” Onyeama said at a joint press conference in Washington DC with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“It is actually very straightforward and it was very gratifying to come here and meet with U.S. officials and to understand more clearly the reasoning behind it,” he added.
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He said there was no warning from the Trump administration before the ban was reported by U.S.-based newspapers, including TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.
Under the new policy, citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan won’t be allowed to apply for visas to immigrate to the United States under the new policy for visas that can lead to permanent residency, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said during a call with reporters on Friday.
Wolf clarified that the targeted visas are distinct from non-immigrant visas issued to visitors, which will not be impacted by the ban.
The Trump administration said the new policy was designed to tighten security for countries that do not comply with U.S. minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration.
Citizens from Sudan and Tanzania will be barred from participating in the diversity visa lottery, the Trump administration said.