25 September 2012

Liberia: Sen. Taylor Gets U.S. Visa

Contrary to media speculations, the US Embassy in Monrovia says it has issued visa to Bong County Senator, Jewel Howard-Taylor as member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's delegation to the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

A brief statement issued Monday, September 24, 2012 by the US Embassy here stated "Contrary to earlier reports of a visa denial, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor was issued a visa today for travel to the UN General Assembly."

Following President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her delegation's departure to the US last week, some local media outlets in Liberia speculated the US had apparently refused to issue visa to Senator Taylor, wife of war crimes convict former President Charles Taylor.

The apparent delay on the part of Senator Taylor to obtain the US Visa until Monday may have generated the media speculations about the US indicating its disapproval of the UN's decision to delete Senator Taylor's name from the travel ban list.

Senator Taylor was among several officials of the Taylor regime whose names were removed from the UN Sanction list after ex-president Charles Taylor was convicted in June this year.

Notwithstanding, the Bong County Lawmaker is expected to join President Sirleaf and a high profiled delegation at the UN General Assembly in New York, having being given the green light by the US Embassy near Monrovia.

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