-Canada imposes visa restrictions on St. Kitts-Nevis nationals
ST KITTS, BASSETERRE (CMC):
The St Kitts-Nevis government yesterday sought to downplay the decision by Canada to impose visa restrictions on nationals from the twin-island Federation wanting to visit the North American country, noting that since the September 2011 terrorist attacks on the United States countries have been reviewing their immigration policies periodically.
“Countries review and change their policies routinely in order to protect their interests and their people and so do we,” Foreign Affairs Minister Patrice Nisbett said in a broadcast.
“Canada is an important ally, an ally of long standing. Your government values the strong relations which over the years that Canada and
St Kitts-Nevis have built.
“Canada has important security concerns, the government recognises this and the government of St Kitts-Nevis will do all in its power to respect and accommodate the concerns of so an important ally,” said Nisbett.
In a statement over the weekend, Ottawa said that the visa restriction became effective on November 22 and that citizens from the twin-island Federation joined those from “the vast majority of Caribbean nations and citizens of some 147 countries” where visas are needed to enter the North American country.