What Happened To Performing Due Diligence – Sam George Blasts Netherlands Ambassador For Flimsy Reasons Over Visa Denial

Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam Nartey George on Monday called out the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Verheul Jeroen over the refusal of a visa to some legislators.

Earlier, the Tamale North MP, Alhassan Suhuyini had alleged that the embassy declined his visa application on the suspicion of his support for the controversial Anti-LGBTQ bill currently in Parliament.

“For the Netherlands to ignore my status as an MP with the responsibility to an entire constituency, which was known to them…my valid travel visas to the UK and USA and my numerous previous travel records, which indicate I have never overstayed any visit abroad…my beautiful family, and deny me an entry visa on the basis that, there was insufficient evidence…that I have significant social or economic ties to my country to prompt my return after my intended visit, could only have been deliberately taken to provoke me and also undermine Ghanaian state officials and diplomats,” he said in a Facebook post.

In reaction to concerns that have arisen from the issue, Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Verheul Jeroen in a tweet blamed the lack of direct communication on the part of the applicant, Mr Suhuyini.

According to him, the controversy would have been avoided if the applicant had communicated directly with the embassy instead of the media.

Again, he stressed that it is because of such anomalies that countries have to establish diplomatic relations and bilateral embassies.

“If the visa applicant only spoke to us directly, instead of through the media, we could avoid a lot of misunderstandings and miscommunication in the (social) media. That’s why it is important to have diplomatic relations and bilateral embassies,” Mr Joroen posted on Twitter.

But Sam Nartey George in a rebuttal, hinted that the embassy failed to check the background of Mr Suhuyini, thus provided the “flimsy excuse of lack of social ties.”

He further stated that “Respect must be mutual and reciprocal. The choice of route is yours Sir. Choose wisely. Cheers.”

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