The United States of America, USA, has stated that it has started imposing visa restrictions in Ghana.
This came a few days after the United States threatened to impose visa restriction on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, and other Politicians and their family members, over alleged plans to rig the 2019 general elections .
Whike speaking, Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, said that the West African country has not been cooperating in accepting Ghanian citizens to be deported from the US.
“As a result, Secretary of State Pompeo, has ordered Consular Officers in Ghana, to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants. Without an appropriate response from Ghana, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population”, the Department of Homeland Security, DHS, said in a statement.
“The sanctions will remain in place, until the Secretary of Homeland Security notifies Secretary Pompeo, that cooperation on removals has improved to an acceptable level.”
Commenting on the development, Kirstjen Nielsen, the DHS Secretary said: “The United States routinely cooperates with foreign governments, in documenting and accepting US citizens when asked, as appropriate, as do the majority of countries in the world, but Ghana has failed to do so in this case.
“We hope the Ghanaian government will work with us, to reconcile these deficiencies quickly.”