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Trump's expanded US travel ban denounced by newly added countries

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US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 04 November 2018.

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Eritrea and Kyrgyzstan have denounced US president Donald Trump’s expanded controversial travel ban. The ban targets immigrants from six additional countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.
“We find this move unacceptable. We will, however, not expel the US ambassador”, said Eritrean foreign minister Osman Saleh Mohammed. He said the government saw the ban as a move that would hurt the country’s relations with the US.
Kyrgyzstan’s government also said that the immigration restrictions had damaged relations as they had been applied selectively.
The ban will take effect on 21 February. Under the new rules, the issuance of visas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals of the affected countries will be suspended.
The White House said the new countries fail to conduct “proper identity management” procedures or fail to “comply with basic national security” requirements.
“We don’t have official communication from the US government. We haven’t received a formal diplomatic communication, which is the official way of communicating between governments”, said a spokesman for the Tanzanian ministry of foreign affairs.
The most recent version of the ban includes restrictions on five Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as restrictions on some travelers from Venezuela and North Korea.

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