Guyana accuses EU of discrimination on visa-free travel decision

first_imgForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has expressed his disappointment over the approach taken by representatives of the European Union in dealing with Guyana being left out from those Caribbean countries that have been granted visa-free entry status to the 26 countries in Europe that fall under the Schengen Area.Back in 2015, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines joined Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis as Caribbean countries granted visa-free travel to Schengen Member States and associated countries.According to Minister Greenidge, this issue was a strong point made on Monday during the Sixth Round of EU-Guyana Political Dialogue under the framework of Article 8 of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)-EU Cotonou Agreement.“We have expressed concern, if not alarm, about the treatment of Guyanese asForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgeregards the visa-free entry into Schengen … We believe this was discrimination,” the Minister posited during a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday.Moreover, he outlined that the EU has not put forward any reasons why Guyana was not given the same visa-free travel status.“As a matter of fact, as far as we can see from the criteria they used, Guyana falls squarely amongst those countries that don’t pose a risk and, therefore, it shouldn’t be treated differently,” the Foreign Affairs Minister asserted.On this note, Greenidge further expressed his dissatisfaction over the approach adopted in addressing the issue.“We heard from Miss [Federica] Mogherini, who is the High Representative of Foreign Affairs and the Vice President of the European Council, that they are not now going to look at Guyana until a new council comes into office. In other words, [they’re] kicking it down the road or kicking it into the tall grass, depending on how you look at it, which makes us extremely unhappy,” the Foreign Affairs Minister noted.The 26 countries under the Schengen Area are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Minister also disclosed that during Monday’s meeting with the EU delegation, other consular matters were raised.According to Greenidge, the EU is seeking the treatment of its mission here as an international agency as oppose to a foreign state as currently obtains.“They are seeking additional concessions as regards treatment in that regard. We’ve indicated to them that we hear them, but we’re still looking at that matter,” Greenidge said.As part of the Sixth Round of EU-Guyana Political Dialogue, which was headed by EU Ambassador Jernej Videti? and Ambassadors of the United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden, the delegation is having talks with the various Government Ministries and key agencies.The objectives of the Dialogue are to exchange information to foster mutual understanding and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas, in particular by recognising the existing links between the different aspects of the relations between the parties and the various areas of cooperation as laid down in the Cotonou Agreement.last_img read more

Sultan: Real fights in the film took a toll on me, says Salman Khan

first_imgSalman Khan is back as an action hero. But this time, the actor won’t fight the stuntmen but the real wrestlers. The much-anticipated trailer of Salman’s upcoming film Sultan was recently released and the 50-year-old can be seen packing a few punches. Salman, who plays a wrestler in Ali Abbas Zafar’s directorial venture, said that fighting with the real wrestler was exhausting.ALSO READ: Watch Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma kick up a storm in Sultan trailer  ALSO READ: Salman Khan shows some wrestling moves at Sultan wrap-up party  “When Ali narrated to the me the story I thought I’ll be able to do it. But then while doing it, opposite me were not fighters but real wrestlers. Most of the shots in the film are real, wrestlers and Mixed Marital Arts, there are no cables and because of them there is lot of contact happening in the film. When they lift you and put to the ground it used to hurt, they were of 120-130 kilos,” Salman told IANS.”They expect you to pick you up and throw you down. That was the most difficult part. When a wrestler trains he trains for 2-3 hours and then 2-3 hours again in the evening, then training for MMA, and 6-7 hours of shoot every day non-stop, fighting non-stop. So those six hours in those lights and training, that used to take a toll,” he said at the trailer launch of Sultan.Salman plays the titular role in the film, a wrestler, who goes on to win the gold medal for India in wrestling. But due to some reasons, he leaves wrestling and returns to the sport after some time, when age and an unfit body are hurdles in front of him. He then is coached by Randeep Hooda’s character in MMA and gets back into action.advertisementIs it inspired from a real-life character? “No, it’s not from anywhere. This is from his (Zafar) mind. It is the story of an underdog”. Anushka Sharma plays his love interest in the film, who is also a wrestler.Salman said, “He is a simple man who has no ambition. He sees a feisty girl and falls in love with her. She’s a wrestler, he’s a nobody but he feels whenever I get married, it will be with her. That falls flat because she is so strong-headed. She misunderstands him.Then it’s all about Sultan, how he goes down, and how he comes back with the help of the woman he loves. How the woman is responsible for making him, breaking him and because of her how he starts making it again. “The film is set to hit the screens on Eid this year.last_img read more