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African nation of Chad being taken off U.S. travel ban list

13 April 2018

The decision to remove Chad from a U.S.travel ban was made nearly exactly a month after the former Secretary of State visited the country.

President Donald Trump lifted a U.S.travel ban on citizens from Chad on Tuesday after a six-month US government review found improvements in the African country's security standards, the White House said.

"The Republic of Chad has improved its identity-management and information sharing practices sufficiently to meet the baseline security standard of the United States".

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The Department of Homeland Security has maintained that the ban focused on getting countries to improve information on their citizens and cooperation on travel databases, to meet United States security standards.

President Donald Trump has removed Chad from the requirement of enhanced immigrant vetting because the country has demonstrated i ist no longer a security threat to United States interests, the White House said in a press release. It now applies to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea.

The US Department of Homeland Security said the removal of the travel restrictions will take effect on Friday. One of the reasons given for Chad's inclusion in the ban was its inability to supply homeland security officials with recent passport samples.

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Chadian Foreign Minister Cherif Mahamat Zene expressed pleasure with the news, tweeting that Chad "hopes to further strengthen the strategic partnership and cooperation between the 2 countries".

Trump's original executive ban on January past year was said to have unlawfully targeted Muslim travellers.

After a series of court challenges, the Trump administration revised the ban in September, putting all the countries listed under a 180-day review. In December, the high court said the latest version of the ban could be fully enforced while appeals make their way through the courts. Restrictions have also been placed on certain individuals from Venezuela.

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"We welcome the improved practices by the Chadian authorities, which demonstrate a clear off-ramp for countries placed on the travel restriction list".

African nation of Chad being taken off U.S. travel ban list