Paulwell, the member of parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, is attending a conference of progressive parties in Cuba at the invitation of the Communist Party of Cuba, and is a member of the PNP’s delegation in Havana for the conference.
The PNP Vice President has expressed surprise of the news of the revocation of his US visa, a facility he has had for many years in and out of the government.
On receiving the news today, Mr Paulwell said he has not been provided with any details surrounding the cancellation, but will seek clarification on his return to the island next week.
While participating in the conference of progressive parties, Mr Paulwell will also meet with representatives from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela who are also in attendance. This follows on his active advocacy for self-determination and non-intervention stance in relation to the resolution of the Venezuelan crisis.
In addition to participating in the conference, Mr Paulwell is taking the opportunity to continue his dialogue on several telecommunications projects on which he has been providing consulting services to private clients for several months. These projects have necessitated a frequent travel schedule to Cuba.
Mr Paulwell said he is not aware of any reason nor has he been told of any which could have motivated the US authorities to act in such a manner as to the cancellation of his visa. He reiterated that on his return to the island, he will address the matter immediately.
In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz confirmed the revocation of his visa, saying the US Embassy in Kingston has written to him, advising that subsequent to the issuance of the visa, it has received information that he "may be ineligible".
In a statement Vaz said, he has advised the prime minister of the issue and has since initiated through the formal procedures and protocols the process of seeking clarification to determine his eligibility to be issued a United States visa.
Vaz said that as a public figure he is obligated to keep the public updated on the outcome of the process/appeal of the revocation, which has been formally lodged.
In 2008, Vaz renounced his US citizenship following the issuance of a ruling in the dual citizenship case, which was brought against him.
“I am committed to pursuing the matter concerning the revocation of his US visa with the aim of a positive result,” Vaz said in his statement.
Vaz said he received the revocation advisory a week ago. Speaking today, Vaz said without a visa, his duties would be inhibited, and pending the outcome of his appeal he may retire from the Cabinet.
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