Colombian officials call on US to lift travel ban

Colombia has urged the US to suspend the controversial travel ban on the country, calling on Washington to lift a ban on travel to the US imposed in the wake of the September 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the country’s foreign ministry said President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration had taken measures to reduce the number of Colombians travelling to the United States.

The move comes after the Colombian government announced it would begin allowing citizens of Cuba and Venezuela to enter the country this week.

Colombia’s president has said the travel ban is “anti-American and racist” and will have a detrimental impact on relations between the two countries. 

On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Cuban Foreign Minister and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Havana to discuss the US-Cuba relationship.