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Mon, 30 Jan, 2017 09:33:31 PM
FTimes-FNN Report, Jan 30

The President, Sauli Niinistö on Monday strongly criticized the decision of imposing ban on sev-en Muslim majority countries taken by the new administration of the United States of America led by President Donald Trump.

Terming the step taken by an executive order of US government as against the western values and international agreements, Niinistö said that he does not accept the decision, national broad-caster Yle reported quoting news agency STT.

"Stigmatising people based on birth or nationality is wrong. It goes against Western values and international agreements," Niinistö told STT.

The US President Donald Trump on January 27 signed an executive order which said that people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and Sudan would not be allowed to USA despite having valid travel documents.

Earlier, on Sunday Minister of Foreign Affairs Timo Soini and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen strongly criticized the decision of travel ban taken by the USA.

“To deny entry of people of certain countries to USA is unfair. Every person deserves to be treated individually,” the Foreign Minister wrote in the Twitter of the ministry.

Mykkänen in a post of his Twitter said that Finland and the rest of the EU will not and must not accept discrimination against refugees based on their religion in any circumstances”.

Meanwhile, dozens of US diplomats around the world are set to formally criticise  Trump's controversial immigration restrictions, reported BBC quoting US media report.

A "dissent cable" has been drafted for senior State Department officials, ABC News and the Associated Press said.

Draft text seen by the BBC said that the ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries will not make the US safer and is un-American.

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