The African Union expressed its “bewilderment” at US President Donald Trump’s inclusion of Chad on an updated and open-ended travel ban list issued at the weekend.

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The African Union on Wednesday expressed its “bewilderment” at US President Donald Trump’s inclusion of Chad on an updated and open-ended travel ban list issued at the weekend.

In a statement the AU said it had been “perplexed” by the presence of three African countries — Libya, Somalia and Sudan — on Trump’s original travel ban, and welcomed the removal of Sudan from the new list, issued Sunday.

But it criticised the “unjust” inclusion of Chad, a country with a long history of cooperation with the United States on counter-terrorism.

Chad has suffered Islamist attacks and its capital, N’Djamena, hosts the five-country Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram.

The new travel ban indefinitely blocks citizens of listed countries from entry to the US.

The AU said it shares US concerns over “the threat of terrorism and violent extremism” but that “cooperation and meaningful engagement” were the answer.

By BONI