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FPM MP denied U.S. visa, asks embassy to revisit matter.

Summary: Free Patriotic Movement MP Nabil Nicolas has asked the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon to revisit a decision rejecting his application for a visa to travel to America.

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement MP Nabil Nicolas has asked the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon to revisit a decision rejecting his application for a visa to travel to America. According to a statement released by his press office, Nicolas expressed surprise at being denied the visa, as he has previously visited the United States and Canada without experiencing any difficulty obtaining the necessary travel documents.

The statement added that Nicolas has been holding the French nationality for more than 35 years.

"He was never convicted of any crime, not financial, moral or penal, in Lebanon, France, or any state in the world, and isn't wanted by any country," Nicolas' press office said.

"He was surprised by this arbitrary decision, of being rejected without knowing the reason, and he was [planning] a trip to meet [members of] the Lebanese diaspora and [take part] in a conference for the FPM in the States and Canada."

The MP apparently questioned whether his denial was "to prevent the FPM from practicing its humanitarian activities or communicating with Lebanese and party members in the diaspora, [or from] meeting officials."

Nicolas said he hoped that the embassy would disclose the reasons for the denial of his application in order to clarify the matter, and that it would consider the issue objectively.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Oct 30, 2015
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