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US criticized in Italy for delay in granting visas to Prensa Latina

US criticized in Italy for delay in granting visas to Prensa Latina

Rome, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Italian journalist and director of Altrenotizie, Fabrizio Casari, criticized the United States for the delay in granting visas to Prensa Latina correspondents, in an article published by that digital publication on Monday.
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A series of assessments indicate that we are in the presence of something much worse than the refusal to grant visas, Casari pointed out in the text entitled “Cuba-USA: I visti non si vedono” (Cuba-USA: Visas are not visible).

Upon addressing the process initiated in 2019 by journalists of the news agency to return to their jobs at the UN headquarters in New York and Washington, after vacations in Cuba, the author of the article stated that it is “highly probable” that this is a political and not administrative problem.

Firstly, he pointed out, in the case of New York, the Prensa Latina correspondents are accredited to the United Nations, which obliges the United States to grant permits as the host country of the world organization.

However, the delay persists despite the efforts made by the United Nations Correspondents Association with the US Mission at the United Nations.

Prensa Latina rather denounces that initially the US authorities had declared that the applications were in “administrative processing”, but then they stopped replying to the requests of the trade organization, he said.

In this regard, he stressed that both the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit and Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, are aware of the problem.

Meanwhile, he added, a growing number of prominent figures and organizations from several countries are expressing their concern over what is clearly arbitrary.

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