President Donald Trump’s order to ban US entry to nationals of seven mostly Muslim countries has sparked growing international criticism. Here is a roundup of reactions on Monday. – Iraq – Iraq’s parliament voted to call on the Baghdad government to enact a reciprocal travel ban on Americans if Washington does not withdraw its decision...
President Donald Trump’s order to ban US entry to nationals of seven mostly Muslim countries has sparked growing international criticism. Here is a roundup of reactions on Monday.
Iraq’s parliament voted to call on the Baghdad government to enact a reciprocal travel ban on Americans if Washington does not withdraw its decision to bar Iraqis.
The Iraqi foreign ministry called on Washington to review its “wrong decision”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the United States of unfairly targeting Muslims.
“The essential and also resolute fight against terrorism in no way justifies general suspicion against people of a specific faith, in this case people of the Muslim faith or people of a certain background,” she told reporters.
Yemen’s government warned that Trump’s order would encourage global “extremism”.
“Yemen expresses its dissatisfaction after the order prohibiting, even for a limited time, the entry to the United States of people holding a Yemeni passport,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.
The travel ban on citizens from mainly Muslim countries is illegal and “mean-spirited”, the United Nations human rights chief Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein said.
Zeid said in a tweet that “discrimination on nationality alone is forbidden under human rights law”, adding that “the US ban is also mean-spirited and wastes resources needed for proper counter-terrorism.”
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation warned that the travel ban would strengthen the position of extremists worldwide.
“Such selective and discriminatory acts will only serve to embolden the radical narratives of extremists and will provide further fuel to the advocates of violence and terrorism,” the OIC said.
Israel said it was seeking clarification of whether the ban applies to tens of thousands of elderly Israeli Jews born in Middle Eastern countries, many of whom are over the age of 65 and fled persecution.
Starbucks and Airbnb, to help those affected by the temporary immigration ban, pledged to hire more refugees and provide accommodation.
“We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question,” said Starbucks chairman and chief executive Howard Schultz in a letter to employees.
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said the European Union, having put up its own barriers, was in no position to judge Trump’s immigration decrees.
Europe “is not in a good position to give opinions about the choices of others. Or is it that we want to forget that we too erect walls in Europe,” said Alfano.
On Sunday several other world leaders and governments had already criticised the US restrictions, including Britain, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Sudan, Indonesia, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Poland. Iran said it would reciprocate. – AFP