EU diplomats warn U.S. visa restrictions could bring reciprocal response

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Diplomats from the 28-member European Union have warned Washington there could be a reciprocal response if it implements measures making it more difficult for EU citizens to enter the United States.

EU Ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan.
EU Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan.

EU Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan wrote in the Washington political journal The Hill on Dec. 14 that U.S. plans to begin biometric checks for some EU citizens “would represent the de facto introduction of a visa regime in all but name.”

O’Sullivan was writing on behalf of the 28 EU member-state ambassadors to the United States.

His letter came one week after the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would toughen entry into the United States for EU citizens and bar anyone who traveled to Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan after March 1, 2011.

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