The United Nations has received assurances from Washington that its employees from Muslim countries hit by the US visa ban will be able to travel to New York to work at UN headquarters.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric initially told a briefing Monday that a handful of staff was unable to board US-bound flights over the weekend.

He later clarified that there were no confirmed cases of UN staff members being affected by the new policies.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending the arrival of all refugees for a minimum of 120 days, Syrian refugees indefinitely and barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

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