Relations with Venezuela behind US visa renewal interview waiver decision, says Antigua-Barbuda

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) with Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Antigua and Barbuda’s exclusion from the visa renewal interview waiver with the United States is based on its support for Venezuela, the Antigua government has claimed.

On Wednesday, the Cabinet discussed the US government’s decision to exclude citizens from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, three of six Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, from an announced waiver that eliminates the need for citizens to pay in-person visits to the Barbados Embassy in order to renew visitor visas.

“The Cabinet is firmly persuaded that the exclusion is connected to the friendship…

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