On 19 August, The Guardian reported that Vanuatu has reportedly revoked the citizenship of a Syrian businessman who was granted approval to receive a Vanuatu passport earlier this year, following a Guardian investigation. Abdul Rahman Khiti obtained the “golden passport” under a scheme which allows foreign nationals to purchase citizenship for $130,000. In December 2020, the US imposed sanctions on a number of his businesses, which are jointly owned alongside his brother, Syrian MP Amer Khiti, whom the new designations were aimed at further curbing.
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