World hits out at Trump move

PARIS: Several world leaders and governments have hit out at the immigration restrictions imposed by US President Donald Trump. Downing Street said on Sunday that British 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,” Britain said.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted Britain “will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality.”
The 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,” added Mogherini. Iranian 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.