Arab League chief voices 'deep concern' at US travel ban

Trump signed an executive order to suspend refugee arrivals and impose controls on travelers from Muslim countries


Afp January 29, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order he said would impose tighter vetting to prevent foreign terrorists from entering the United States at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO: The head of the Arab League expressed "deep concern" Sunday about President Donald Trump's restrictions on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries entering the United States.

The new regulations "are unjustified restrictions on the entry of citizens of several Arab nations to the US, in addition to the consequences of suspending the acceptance of Syrian refugees," Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement.

Trump on Friday signed a sweeping executive order to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough controls on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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Aboul Gheit said he hoped the US administration would "review its position because of the negative consequences this could lead to in terms of preserving family unity and the continuation of dialogue between Arab societies and American society".

Such dialogue includes "the fields of education and scientific research", his statement said.

Aboul Gheit's spokesperson Mahmoud Afifi was also quoted in the statement as expressing concern about "indications of a direction towards using an official religious standard to identify whether or not to accept refugees".

COMMENTS (1)

Bunny Rabbit | 4 years ago | Reply If the Arabs are so concerned about their muslim brethren why dont they take these immigrants in their own countries ?
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