Sunday, January 29, 2017

World Reaction to Trump's Muslim Ban

World Reaction to Trump’s Muslim Ban

by Stephen Lendman

Temporarily banning immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Syria targeted indefinitely, drew harsh responses from world leaders and others.

A statement from Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said “(t)he chancellor regrets the entry ban imposed by the US government against refugees and nationals from certain countries.”

“She is convinced that even in the necessarily resolute battle against terrorism it is not justified to place people from a certain origin or belief under general suspicion.”

The German government “will now examine the consequences” of the ban for German citizens with dual nationality affected by the decision.

She said it’s “not justified to put people from specific background or faith under general suspicion” to combat terrorism.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau tweeted  “(t)o those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”

A UN Refugee Agency and International Organization for Migration joint statement said “(t)he needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement programme is one of the most important in the world.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said “(t)he reception of refugees fleeing the war, fleeing oppression, is part of our duties.”

During a joint Ankara news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and his UK counterpart Theresa May, he said “(r)egional issues cannot be solved by closing the doors on people.”

She refused to condemn Trump’s order, saying “(t)he United States is responsible for the United States’ policy on refugees.” 

UK Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said “Britain should put President Trump’s visit on hold until he stops banning people purely on grounds of their faith.”

A petition was launched to stop him from coming later this year. UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn expressed “total opposition” to his travel ban, saying his visit shouldn’t be invited until the ban is lifted.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “(t)oday is the time for peaceful co-existence, not the time to create distance among nations.”

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani blasted Trump’s order, saying “(m)aking mention of Iran here under the pretext of concerns about terrorist acts sounds more like a joke.”

Trump’s measure shows America is “violent” and “racist,” contemptuous of human rights. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called his EO “the greatest gift to terrorists and their supporters.”

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement said “attempts to classify Yemen and its citizens as a probable source for terrorism and extremism are illegal and illegitimate.”

Two unnamed Iraqi MPs condemned Trump’s move. Shia figure Hashd al-Shaabi called on Baghdad to ban US nationals from entering Iraq.

Expect lots more figures expressing their views ahead, including extremists supporting Trump’s order.

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