Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana Jeroen Verheul says the Member of Parliament for Tamale North Alhassan Suhuyini should have communicated directly to his office after he was denied a visa to the Netherlands.
The Tamale North Member of Parliament on TV3 disclosed that he was denied a visa but failed to mention the embassy that denied him the visa.
However, in a writeup shared on social media, the lawmaker disclosed that the Netherlands embassy denied him a visa indicating that he had no stronger ties with his country and was a flight risk.
The Member of Parliament said he was amazed by the reason given considering the fact that he represents a whole constituency.
He said he had appealed the decision and will not want to link it to his being part of the eight Members of Parliament sponsoring the Anti LGBTQI+ bill which is currently being considered in parliament.
Reacting to the position of the Member of Parliament, Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana Jeroen Verheul expressed shock at the news making rounds on social media.
He said the lawmaker should have spoken to the embassy rather than going to the media.
“If the visa applicant only spoke to us directly, instead of through the media, we could avoid a lot of misunderstandings and miscommunication in the (social) media. That’s why it is important to have diplomatic relations and bilateral embassies.”