Sudan’s foreign affairs ministry on Sunday summoned United States envoy Steven Koutsis, to protest against Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order, temporarily banning people from seven countries from entering the U.S.
Sudan was among the seven mainly Muslim Middle East and Eastern African nations restricted by the 90-day order. Others include Iran, Iraq, Libya,Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Trump says the measures are aimed at fighting “radical Islamist terrorists”., and already affected citizens are feeling the pinch.
“We checked in at Khartoum airport and took a flight to Doha, but once we got there, we were surprised when we were asked to stay aside with other Sudanese, Iranians, Iraqis and Syrians.We waited and a member of the American embassy arrived to tell us that only the Green Card holders could travel. People who had tourist visas like us were barred from travelling United States,” says Fatima Abu al-Qassem al-Qach, a resident of Khartoum, banned from entering the US.
Businesses could also get hurt.
“I have been running a group of companies in Sudan since 2005 and we are also working with international firms, including two US companies and we have been doing business with them since 2009,“Amer Hamed al-Manoufi, a Sudanese businessman says.
The order also prohibits all refugees, regardless of their origin, from entering the U.S. for 120 days and for an indefinite period for Syrian refugees.