• World leaders criticize Trump immigration move


    PARIS: Several world leaders and governments have hit out at the immigration restrictions imposed by US President Donald Trump.

    Here are some of the top reactions:

    Downing Street said on Sunday Prime Minister Theresa May does “not agree” with the restrictions and would intervene if they affected British nationals.

    While US immigration is a matter for Washington, “we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking,” London said.

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted Britain “will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatize because of nationality.”

    European Union Foreign Policy Supremo Federica Mogherini pledged the bloc would “continue to support, welcome and take care of those who flee from war.”

    “We will continue to celebrate for every wall that is torn down and for every new bridge that is built up. We will keep working for peace and coexistence. This is our history, this is our identity, our work and our commitment,” said Mogherini.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not directly criticize Trump but said on his official Twitter account: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”

    This tweet was followed by one showing him with a young refugee at a Canadian airport and another that used the hashtag #ACanadianIsACanadian, as his office confirmed Canadian passport holders including dual nationals were unaffected by the ban.

    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Trump’s move as “a clear insult to the Islamic world” and said it “will be recorded in history as a great gift to extremists and their supporters.”

    Zarif said Trump’s decision “only serves to provide a fertile ground for more terrorist recruitment by deepening the ruptures and fault-lines which have been exploited by extremist demagogues to swell their ranks.”

    His ministry said earlier it would reciprocate with a ban on Americans entering the country, though it will not apply to those who already have a valid visa.

    Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the German chancellor “regrets the entry ban” and “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.”

    Berlin “will now examine the consequences” of the ban for German citizens with dual nationality affected by the decision, added the spokesman.

    Indonesia “deeply regrets” the move “because we believe it would affect the global fight against terrorism and the refugees management negatively,” foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir told AFP.

    “It is wrong to link radicalism and terrorism with one particular religion,” Nasir said.

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said: “Welcoming refugees who are fleeing war is part of our duty.”

    “We must… ensure that this happens in a fair, just way and with solidarity … This decision can only cause us concern.”

    Swedish Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Margot Wallstrom called the decision “deeply unfortunate.”

    “This decision increases mistrust and tensions between people. Not since World War II have so many people fled war and conflict,” she wrote.

    “It is the joint responsibility of all countries to help them, including the US.”

    Trump’s decision is “wrong,” Swiss Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Burkhalter said.

    “We have always been opposed to discrimination against human beings on the basis of religion or nationality,” he said. “In that sense, the US order clearly goes in the wrong direction.”

    Burkhalter said the Swiss government would confer with American representatives to find out how the order would affect Swiss residents, especially dual nationals from countries affected.

    Burkhalter also invoked the Geneva Conventions, saying they “mean that all countries welcome people affected by war for humanitarian reasons”.

    “It is therefore contrary to the Conventions to stop welcoming people coming from Syria,” he added.



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    1. I wonder why ‘ everyone’ is using the word “ban” when in fact, it is not; it is a “temporary” ban! What is wrong with vetting people who would like to enter the country? Unfortunate recent events show the need. I think people are just spoiled by the “lax” politically-correct (???) policies of past administrations.