Iraqi family stopped in Cairo from travel to New York upon request of US authorities

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Jan 2017

The family was banned from traveling one day after US President's Donald Trump's order barring entry for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries

File Photo: Airport staff stand next to an EgyptAir plane on the runway at Cairo Airport (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian authorities barred on Saturday an Iraqi family from travelling to the United States upon the request of US authorities, a security source at Cairo International Airport told Ahram Online.  

The family, a couple and their two children, was to travel to New York on board EgyptAir Flight 985 from Cairo.

A source at Cairo airport told Reuters that the ban came despite the travellers holding valid immigration visas.

The US request to bar the family from travelling came after EgyptAir sent the travel manifest with the flight’s passenger names to American authorities.

The decision comes one day after a newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump signed an order that temporarily bans travellers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.

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