Lewis Center—(GM)Hassan Mohamud, former Somalia president, who was scheduled to speak at world Council of Maine event titled: Somalia at cross roads on March 27 at Portland, Maine, is unable to attend the event, according to World Affairs Council of Maine. He was denied visa to enter US because of the travel ban restricting six mainly Muslim countries, which Somalia is included.
World Affairs Council of Maine has released the following statement regarding Mohamud’s visit:
We regret to share that H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was denied visa issuance by the U.S. Consulate in Somalia under Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. Somalia is one of the six Muslim countries included in the travel ban. President Hassan is therefore unable to present as Keynote Speaker at Harvard’s African Development Conference this weekend or at the World Affairs Council’s event on Tuesday.
Our programming is designed to engage Mainers in becoming global citizens through thoughtful and informed conversation. We are deeply sorry that we are not able to share the voice of President Hassan’s and the story of Somalia with our State on Tuesday. The World Affairs Council will continue to pursue our mission. We hope that you will join us.
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