The US imposed the visa restrictions in February 2019 after the Ghana government refused to accept the return of 7,000 deportees questioning their nationality and treatment.
The US accused the 7,000 deportees of being guilty of immigration offences, including abusing the terms of their visas.
Its embassy in Accra limited the awarding of visas to certain applicants.
The US embassy in Accra limited the awarding of visas to certain applicants, such as the domestic staff of diplomats posted to America.
Last year Ghana’s ambassador to the US Adjei-Bawuah dropped a hint that an agreement had been reached to return the deportees.
In a statement the US government said it had lifted the restrictions following “the establishment of a mutually agreed process for the identification, validating and issuance of travel documentation to Ghanaian citizens under final orders of removal in a manner consistent with international standards issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization, of which Ghana is a Member State.”
The statement further noted that all normal visa processing resume on January 17, 2020.
The United States is one of Ghana’s principal trading partners, with trade volume exceeding $1.2 billion.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he has instructed his government to assist the family of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in seeking humanitarian visas to visit the convicted drug trafficker in the United States.
During a visit last week to Guzman’s hometown of Badiraguato in Sinaloa state, a lawyer passed Lopez Obrador a letter from Guzman’s mother.
“Like any mother asking me for support for her son,” Lopez Obrador said.
Guzman’s mother asked for legal help and assistance obtaining humanitarian visas for two of Guzman’s sisters to visit him.
Lopez Obrador was in Sinaloa to announce a highway construction project in the area.
He said legal questions would have to be dealt with by Mexico’s Interior Ministry, Attorney General’s Office and judiciary.
A reporter had asked Lopez Obrador about reports that Guzman’s mother asked him to arrange to have the drug lord serve out his sentence in Mexico, but the president did not respond directly.
In an interview with Univision just before Lopez Obrador’s visit, Consuelo Loera, Guzman’s mother, said: “My request is that they let me go see him and that they transfer him here to Mexico.”
U.S. support for such a request would be extremely unlikely considering Guzman has escaped from two prisons.
But on the humanitarian front, Lopez Obrador said: “I gave instructions that they facilitate (soliciting the visas) and that the sisters be able to go to the United States and to help them according to the laws, regulations that country has, so that they can visit him or have communication.”
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, such permission, known as humanitarian parole, is reserved for people with a compelling emergency, but anyone can apply. Those who could be considered eligible should have an “emergent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit” to temporarily entering the U.S.
Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Guzman was convicted Feb. 12 in federal court in New York on multiple drug trafficking and conspiracy charges and likely faces a life sentence.
Trump, in a telephone interview late Saturday with Fox News, dismissed as “ridiculous” the Post story that alleged he went to great lengths to hide the content of his talks with Putin, even confiscating the notes of his interpreter and ordering that person to not discuss what was said.
Trump said he had “a great conversation” with Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.
When asked why not release details of the nearly two-hour conversation, Trump said: “I would, I don’t with care.
“I mean, I had a conversation like every president does. You sit with the president of various countries… We were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things … I’m not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn’t care less. I mean, it’s so ridiculous.”
He added: “Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs.”
According to the Post there is no detailed record of Trump’s personal talks with Putin at five locations over the past two years.
The newspaper quotes unnamed current and former government officials as sources for the story.
Trump also told Fox when asked about Putin that “no collusion” has been found between his 2016 campaign and Russia, that he was a better candidate than Democrat Hillary Clinton, that the U.S. economy “is the strongest in the world,” and that The Washington Post is “basically the lobbyist for Amazon,” as both are owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos.
Trump also took aim at an earlier story in The New York Times stating that the FBI launched a previously undisclosed counterintelligence investigation to determine whether he posed a national security threat, at the same time that it opened a criminal probe into possible obstruction of justice.
The FBI investigation was later folded into the broader probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collaboration by the Trump campaign.
Fox asked if he had ever worked for Russia. “I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked,” he said, without directly answering the question.
He slammed the Times story as “the most insulting article I’ve ever had written and if you read the article, you’d see that they found absolutely nothing.”
No evidence has publicly emerged that Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian officials, the Times said.
The FBI had been suspicious of Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign, but it held off on opening a probe until the president sacked Comey, who refused to roll back the Russia investigation, the Times said.
Mueller has indicted 33 people in the probe and convicted some of the president’s close associates.
Trump’s ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.
Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison for multiple crimes, including felony violations of campaign finance laws that prosecutors allege were carried out under Trump’s direction.
And Trump’s former presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been convicted in one case brought by Mueller and pleaded guilty in another, over financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine before the 2016 campaign, and for witness tampering.
During an MSNBC panel discussion on Donald Trump’s close relationship with Russia — that also delved into the GOP going along with the president — a former Defense Department official pointed out that Russia is likely unnerved at special counsel Robert Mueller’s success at linking them to the Trump campaign.
Speaking with AM Joy host Joy Reid, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Evelyn Farkas said the Kremlin is watching the investigation revelations with great concern.
“The talking points coming out of Moscow have been eerily similar to talking points from the White House,” Farkas began. “I mean, they will deny that they interfered because they don’t mind lying. Right now they are not denying, they are focused on saying, ‘We’re a scapegoat. there is anti-Russian sentiment — President Trump understands what’s in the U.S. interest,’ which is, of course, is a lie.”
“The Russians are probably very nervous right now because they are starting to see, as we are starting to see, that the Mueller investigation has a lot of information,” she claimed. “And they have a lot of really good details about what the Russians have done to the United States and what Americans have done to work with them to help them.”
MOSCOW – Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that there were no discussions about setting up a possible spy swap involving former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, calling speculation about such a deal fake news.
Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service on Dec. 28 and accused of espionage. His family have said he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said diplomats from Britain, Canada and Ireland would get access to Whelan in what she called the agreed time frame. REUTERS