Iraq's Sadr condemns US travel restrictions

President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring citizens of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen from entering the US for at least 90 days, a move he billed as an effort to make America safe from "terror".

Iraq's Sadr condemns US travel restrictions

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Sunday condemned US travel restrictions on citizens of seven Muslim-majority states, saying Washington should remove its nationals living abroad before barring those from other countries.

"You enter Iraq and other countries with all freedom and prevent their entry into your country," Sadr, the scion of a powerful clerical family who rose to widespread fame due to his condemnation of and violent resistance to the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, said in a statement.

Sadr condemned this as "arrogance" and told the US to "get your nationals out before removing expatriates."

Trump's decision led to the detention of incoming refugees at US airports, sparking protests, legal challenges and widespread condemnation from rights groups.

The travel restrictions, which come on the heels of repeated assertions by Trump that the US should have stolen Iraq's oil before leaving in 2011, risk alienating the citizens and government of a country fighting against militants the president has cast as a major threat to America.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Ocak 2017, 16:25