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Palestine urges US to allow visa-free entry as Israel

September 27, 2023 at 7:33 pm

An image of a Palestinian man holding a passport, in the central Gaza Strip on March 22, 2022 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]

Palestine, on Wednesday, called for its inclusion in a US Visa Waiver Program that allows citizens to travel to the United States for up to 90 days for tourism without a visa, Anadolu Agency reports.

The call came shortly after Washington announced Israel’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program.

We expect from the American Administration to provide the same opportunities of freedom, equality, prosperity and security for Palestinians, including visas procedures for exempting them from the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said Israel’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program will “enhance freedom of movement for US citizens, including those living in the Palestinian Territories or travelling to and from them.”

The Visa Waiver Program builds on the partnership between the US and designated countries that meet strict requirements related to counter-terrorism, law and immigration enforcement, document security and border management.

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