Friday, February 26, 2021

US Announces New Visa Restriction Policy 'Khashoggi Ban' After Publication of ODNI Report - Sputnik International

US Announces New Visa Restriction Policy 'Khashoggi Ban' After Publication of ODNI Report

The United States will prevent the entry of foreigners who engage in "serious counter-dissident activities" into the country under the newly-announced "Khashoggi ban", US State Secretary Antony Blinken stated on Friday.

According to the policy, individuals who, acting on behalf of a foreign government, "suppress, harass, surveil, threaten, or harm journalists, activists, or other persons perceived to be dissidents for their work", will be subject to visa restrictions in the US. Their family members may also face such restrictions.

    "We have made absolutely clear that extraterritorial threats and assaults by Saudi Arabia against activists, dissidents and journalists must end. They will not be tolerated by the United States," Blinken said in a statement.

In his statement the State Secretary also announced sanctions against 76 Saudi nationals who are "believed to be engaged in threatening dissidents overseas, including but not limited to the Khashoggi killing."



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