Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Voreqe US Visa Cancelled

PACNEWS - 02 April, 2007

The United States Embassy based in Suva has reportedly revoked the Pacific nation’s armed forces chief’s multiple visa to the U.S.

According to PACNEWS, Interim Prime Minister and military Commander Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this in an informal speech made at a dinner at the military headquarters officers mess in Delainabua. Commodore Bainimarama said he received an official letter from U.S. Ambassador Larry Dinger informing him of the visa cancellation.

In the letter, Commodore Bainimarama said the U.S Ambassador requested that he make available his passport to the embassy. Commodore Bainimarama has challenged Dinger to “come and get his passport” and “prepare his running shoes.”

Bainimarama drew international condemnation by ousting the elected government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase shutting the nation's parliament and imposing a state of emergency that remains in force. Bainimarama said he did not expect to be invited to a meeting of Pacific leaders scheduled to be held in Washington in May because of the U.S government's condemnation of the coup

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