UAE’s Foreign Minister Snubs The Muslim World, Says Trump’s Travel Ban Not Islamophobic
UAE’s Foreign Minister Snubs The Muslim World, Says Trump’s Travel Ban Not Islamophobic Emirati Foreign Minister speaks during a press conference. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

In what appears to be a snub to the Muslim world, the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, has said that the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries is not Islamophobic. His comments comes at a time when protests have erupted in the United States and the Muslim world over Trump’s decision to bar entry of refugees from seven seven predominantly Islamic countries.

According to the minister, Muslim-majority countries, especially in the Middle-East, ‘face structural problems’ that need to be addressed with utmost urgency. “The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” he said, adding that these countries need to address problems within their borders before they fix their relations with the outside world.

Interestingly, the comments came when the minister was addressing a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE.

“There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect first is what the US administration itself says ... that this decision is not directed at a certain religion,” the minister said in his strong-worded message to the Muslim world.

Gulf countries, which are a part of an informal US-led coalition in the Middle-East, have largely remained quiet on the issue barring one exception. Qatar has criticised the decision, though mildly. The move has been criticised by Europen countries in particular, with protesters in the United Kingdom demanding a ban on Trump.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber