Pan-Islamic body: US ban emboldens extremists
The 90-day ban affects travel to the United States by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen
The world’s largest body of Islamic nations said on Monday that it has “grave concern” over US President Donald Trump banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, warning such moves would only embolden extremists.
The 90-day ban, imposed on Friday, affects travel to the United States by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. All are OIC members.
The order also suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and indefinitely bars the processing of refugees from Syria. The OIC warned in the statement that “many of those fleeing war and persecution have been adversely and unjustly affected” by the order.
“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 at a critical time,” it said.
“The OIC calls upon the United States government to reconsider this blanket decision and maintain its moral obligation to provide leadership and hope at a time of great uncertainty and unrest in the world.”
Trump has vigorously defended the order, saying it “is about terror and keeping our country safe” and not “a Muslim ban.”