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Palestine FM can’t speak to media due to US visa restrictions, Prince Faisal says

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The Biden administration has imposed restrictions on Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki limiting his ability to engage with media, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Friday.

“The US government has imposed restrictions on his Excellency that does not allow him to respond to media questions or to engage with the media,” Prince Faisal told reporters during a press conference in Washington.

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He suggested that there could be legal ramifications for the Palestinian diplomat if he spoke to media.

State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller denied that any such restrictions were imposed.

“Visa records are confidential under US law, so we cannot discuss the details of any individual visa case, but United States immigration law does not include any provisions that prohibit individuals from speaking to the press, and we have imposed no restrictions that prohibit individuals from speaking to the press,” he said in a statement provided to Al Arabiya English.

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