Iraq’s President Masum criticizes Trump over travel ban

The Iraqi president on Wednesday reminded Trump that many Iraqis had sacrificed their lives in the fight against terrorism on behalf of countries such as the United States.

Trump ordered last week a 90-day ban on the entry of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The measure, which triggered demonstrations inside the United States, also suspended the entry of all refugees for 120 days and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The new US president claims the move is aimed at making America safer in the face of increasing threats from terrorist groups.

President Masum called on Trump “to be just to people fighting terrorism with the blood of their sons and their resources on behalf of the whole world, including the United States.”

The Iraqi military has been at the forefront of the fight against Daesh, a Takfiri terrorist group which seized territories in the Arab country three years ago. Iraqi forces have managed to repel terrorists from major urban centers and the battle now continues in the second largest city of Mosul.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Abadi said Trump had effectively punished “people who are sacrificing, who are fighting terrorism.”


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