Iraq is no more in Travel Ban list, new Trump order

According to officials, US President’s new immigration order has removed Iraq from the list of temporary travel banned countries.

Trump is going to sign this order in coming days.

Officials say that decision has been taken by the pressure from the Pentagon and State Department which urged US president to skip the name of Iraq due to its role in fighting the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

Citizens of six other predominantly Muslim countries Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will remain on the travel ban list, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to discuss the order before it is signed. Those bans are effective for 90 days.

The officials said the 12-page document no longer singles out Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban and instead includes them as part of a general, 120-day suspension of new refugee admissions.

Under the revised order, officials said, all existing visas will be honoured.

Al-Abadi met with US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis in Baghdad this month and underscored the US-Iraqi partnership after After Trump signed the original order, Iraqi Prime Minister refuted the ban and said he would consider reciprocal measures.

Al-Abadi also met with US Vice President Pence in Munich earlier this month, where the two publicly discussed ways of strengthening cooperation.