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World Islamic body says Trump visa ban emboldens extremists

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation fears US President's move will provide further fuel to advocates of violence and terrorism

World Islamic body says Trump visa ban emboldens extremists
US President Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Monday that US President Donald Trump's temporary ban on travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries harmed the common struggle against radicalism.

"Such selective and discriminatory acts will only serve to embolden the radical narratives of extremists," the group said in a statement on its website.

"(The move) will provide further fuel to the advocates of violence and terrorism at a critical time when the OIC has been engaged with all partners, including the US, to combat extremism and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations."

President Donald Trump on Friday suspended the entry of people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The decision caught airlines off guard, leading to challenges in enforcing the new rules.

Separately, Iraq asked the United States to reconsider the travel ban imposed on Iraqis, adding that the US decision was "wrong".

"It is necessary that the new American administration reconsider this wrong decision," the foreign ministry said.

Recalling their continuing cooperation in the war on ISIL, the statement added: "We affirm Iraq's desire to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries."