You’ll queue for visas – US redraws courtesies for top politicians

You’ll queue for visas – US redraws courtesies for top politicians

- The US embassy in Accra has said it will no longer process visas for top politicians on protocol bases for their private trips

- The embassy says all former presidents would have to strictly join a queue to secure their visas

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The United States Ambassador to Ghana has hinted that, Members of Parliament, Ministers of state including all former presidents are expected to join queue like ordinary Ghanaians, when applying for US visas for their private visits.

You’ll queue for visas – US redraws courtesies for top politicians

Former Presidents, Rawlings, Kufour, Mahama in a phot with President Akufo-Addo

According to the US authorities, Ghana embassy has withdrawn all courtesies extended to top politicians in the country on such visits to their country.

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The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson announced this when he appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament on Thursday 22 June, 2017.

The Ambassador told parliament the embassy would continue to process visas for officials travelling for government business within 48 hours through the Protocol Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

But officials travelling on their private trips would have to brace themselves up in going through same process like any other ordinary Ghanaian citizen.

You’ll queue for visas – US redraws courtesies for top politicians

Robert Jackson, US Ambassador to Ghana

“Now if you are travelling for tourism or business that is not related to government business, you will need to make a personal appearance. For official travel, protocol officers pass the passports for visa applications through the foreign ministry’s protocol office. But for personal travel, every person is required to make a personal appearance, even former presidents of Ghana have to come in for personal appearance,” Mr Jackson told the parliament.

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It is not yet known what triggered this latest diplomatic action by the US embassy, but sources say some politicians have abused the previous courtesy arrangement.

This harsh actions have been effected after the outgoing British High Commission to Ghana Jon Benjamin accused some four MPs of flouting the country’s visa regulations.

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