Trump adds Chad to list of countries included in his travel ban, baffling foreign policy experts

Experts are baffled by the addition of Chad to the latest version of Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The so-called “Muslim ban” now also includes restricting North Korean travellers from coming into the US in addition to Chad, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Iran, Libya, and Venezuela.

The administration said the reason for the Sahel region country’s inclusion, in particular, was because Chad failed to “adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information.”

What does that mean? Chad is desperately poor. … It has a tough army but limited bureaucratic capacity,” John Campbell, a former US ambassador to Nigeria, told BuzzFeed News.

Other experts said the same could be said for several developing nations and even some wealthier nations bogged down with bureaucratic procedures or shifting political leadership.

Chad’s addition has baffled regional experts and former State Department officials as it plays a cooperative and key role in the fight against extremist groups like Isis-West Africa, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram.

“One explanation for why the Trump administration added Chad is incompetence,” Geoff Porter, President of North Africa Risk Consulting, told The Independent.

He added that “it is entirely unclear” why Chad was included in the new ban when the number of Chadians in the US or visiting the US “is less than negligible.”

It provided the only continental force in the Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Partnership, which is funded by the US, as well as providing troops to the UN Peacekeeping force in nearby Mali.  

He explained the country’s military force has been “instrumental in combating al Qaeda affiliated groups in neighbouring countries like Niger and Nigeria” as well.

For its part, Chad summoned the US Ambassador for a meeting with Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké.

The government said it was “astonished” and “baffled” by the Trump administration’s decision and said it “severely tarnishes the image of Chad, and the strong relationship between the two countries, particularly in the fight against terrorism.”

Chad also plays a key role in stabilisation efforts in an often volatile region it shares with Sudan, which was on Mr Trump’s last travel ban but removed from this version.

The Sudanese government is still considered a state sponsor of terrorism and accused of carrying out a genocide in the…

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