US apologizes to UK imam for visa mishap

The United States administration has lifted a visa ban on an internationally renowned British Muslim scholar and apologized to him for the inconvenience, allowing him to visit the country anytime.

“I woke up Friday (July 15) to a phone call from the office of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and his aides apologized on his behalf for the US move and told me that the minister would raise the issue with top US officials,” Zaki Badawi, head of the Islamic College in London, told by phone Saturday, July 16.

Badawi said few hours after the conversation, the US embassy in London called him to apologize in their turn and stressed that it was an unintentional mistake.

Islam Online, 16 July 2005