The Trump administration is working with Chad to lift the travel restrictions that the U.S. recently placed on the African country — a new policy that was supposed to take effect Wednesday but has been put on hold by a federal judge.
The State Department said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that it plans to help Chad improve its vetting capabilities so that it can be removed from President Trump’s list of travel-ban nations.
The agency also said that Chad, a key counterterrorism ally, has “shown a clear willingness to work closely with us on these issues.”
“National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster spoke to Chad President Idriss Deby Itno to underscore the importance of the bilateral relationship and Chad’s effort as a key partner in countering terrorism,” the State Department said.r
The statement came not long after a federal district court in Hawaii temporarily blocked the majority of Trump’s latest travel ban from taking effect.