AFRICA UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Issue dated 22/12/2020

How Abu Dhabi calmed African countries' protests over its visa freeze

The United Arab Emirates' introduction of a surprise freeze on visas for the citizens of 13 countries, five of them African (Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Kenya and Somalia), on 18 November provoked a wave of protest. Most of the countries concerned even denied that any such measure had been taken. The Emirates have had to use all their diplomatic skills to calm them down. [...] (364 words)
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