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2005-01-30—Weiner—Saudi visas 

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2005 blog


Weiner says 'religious intolerance'
behind Saudi business visa policies
,  Jan. 30, 2005

In the latest installment in his running battle with the government of Saudi Arabia, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) says that nation still is demanding that U.S. citizens list their religions on applications for business visa. 

He called for passage of his "Saudi Religious Discrimination Act" that would "prohibit the United States from issuing tourist visas to Saudi citizens until the President certifies that Saudi Arabia does not discriminate in the issuance of visas on the basis of religious affiliation or heritage."

Last March, Weiner called attention to a Saudi website that listed "Jewish persons" as among four groups of people who would not be issued visas. He said when he complained, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan called it a "mistake." But Weiner said Bandar also criticized him for spreading mistrust.

"The Saudis have proven that they do not deserve the benefit of the doubt," Weiner said in a news release issued Jan.. 26. “It is difficult to imagine what use the Saudi government would make of this information other than to continue their deplorable practice of religious intolerance.”
Donald H. Harrison