According to the United Nations spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, the United Nations has received assurances from Washington that its employees from Muslim countries hit by the US visa ban will be able to travel to New York to work at UN headquarters.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric initially informed a briefing that there were a handful of staff who were unable to board US-bound flights at the weekend.
The spokesman subsequently clarified that there were no confirmed cases of UN staff member being affected by the new policies.
US President Donald Trump last Friday signed an executive order suspending all visa applications from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya ,Iran, and Yemen for at least 90 days.
Some UN employees from the affected countries have G4 visas, which are given to staff of international organizations — a class of visas that was exempted from the order.
“We have gotten assurances from the US mission that UN staff members from those seven countries listed, who have valid G4 visas, will be allowed to come to the United States for their work,” Dujarric said.
The United Nations has said it hopes the visa ban will be not be for long, but has not urged Trump to reverse course.