Ghana’s foreign ministry on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring compliance with its international obligation under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as well as deepening its bilateral relations with all member countries.

The comment comes on the heels of a statement by the U.S. embassy in Ghana that it was considering travel restrictions on Ghana if the government did not pay attention to its obligation under the ICAO.

The statement accused the West African country of often shirking its responsibility to interview deportees on a regular basis and issue them necessary travel documents.

This, it said, was unacceptable as Ghana had since 1957 been signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation regarding the regular issuance of these travel documents.

“If Ghana fails to comply with international obligations regarding the issuance of travel documents, the United States may be forced to begin implementing visa restrictions on Ghana, in accordance with U.S. law,” said the U.S. embassy statement.

But the foreign ministry of Ghana, in a statement, said it continued to engage its missions in the United States on the matter and had already communicated their concerns to the U.S. embassy in Ghana about the need to do due diligence and establish the nationalities of deportees before they were issued with travel documents.

It said in the spirit of cooperation, therefore, the Ghanaian missions had the obligations to ensure that the right processes were followed to verify the identities of subjects for deportation to avert challenges with the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) upon arrival of the latter.

“The government of Ghana further remains open for engagement with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the issues are resolved in a manner which will be mutually beneficial to both Ghana and the United States of America,” said the statement. Enditem



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