UN Says It Has Assurances on Travel of UN Staff

United Nations
Posted at 3:18 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 15:18:00-05

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations says it has received assurances that the Trump administration's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries will not affect U.N. staff members from those countries.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said a handful of U.N. staff members traveling on G-4 visas - which allow non-diplomats to work at U.N. headquarters in New York - were kept from boarding planes over the weekend.

But Dujarric said he was informed Monday that "all issues had been ironed out and we got the needed assurances from the U.S. Mission" that staff from the seven countries with valid G-4 visas can return to work at the United Nations.

Dujarric reiterated that the U.N. "very much hopes that the measures put in place regarding refugees are temporary," saying "the U.S. has been a critical partner of the United Nations organization ... in resettling refugees."