The United States government has announced the lifting of visa sanctions imposed on Gambian officials last year.
The State Department said the latest move which took effect Tuesday December 12, 2017; was because Banjul had taken steps to accept citizens deported from the U.S.
The tiny West African country had reportedly refused to accept nearly 2000 people the U.S. was at the time trying to deport. The Washington Times noted that Homeland Security took the move after extensive overtures to the Gambian government were not heeded.
“As of October 1, 2016, the US Embassy in Banjul, the Gambia has discontinued visa issuance to employees of the Gambian government, employees of certain entities associated with the government, and their spouses and children with limited exceptions,” a State Department official said at the time.
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