- Sekondi MP says new US Embassy protocol rules are insulting to Ghanaians
- Says next time US Embassy will require sitting presidents to appear personally for visas
The current member of parliament (MP) for the Sekondi constituency, Hon Henry Egyapa Mercer, has lamented the United States (US) Embassy's decisions to rescind protocol privileges for former presidents, and current government officials on unofficial visits to the US.
Speaking on Morning Starr on Friday, June 23rd, 2017, Hon. Henry Egyapa Mercer expressed concern over the US Embassy's new visa protocols, and stated that they they were an insult to Ghana Sovereignty.
“It is a sign of disrespect to our entire nation,” Hon Mercer said, speaking to Morning Starr host, Mr. Francis Abban, “Immediately you begin touching our former presidents… the next time [they] will even touch our sitting presidents to say that the sitting president will have to appear in person if he requires a visa…It is unfair,” he continued hotly.
US Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, appeared before parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee following a summons by the committee to the US diplomat over reports that Ghanaians deported from the US were mistreated.
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During his address to parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Ambassador Jackson revealed that the US Diplomatic mission to Ghana would be revising its visa protocol privileges regarding former high ranking government officials and sitting government officials who sought to visit the USA on non-government related business.
"Now if you are travelling for tourism or business that is not related to government business, you will need to make a personal appearance...even former presidents of Ghana have to come in for personal appearance,” said Mr. Jackson, speaking to parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.
Ambassador Jackson stated that for government official on government business, passports will be received by protocol officers by way of the Foreign Ministry's protocol office.
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