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UN denounces Trump's remarks on Africa as ‘racist’

Friday 12/January/2018 - 11:45 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Mohsin
The United Nations human rights office has denounced as “racist” US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks branding Africa and Haiti as “shithole countries”، accordin to PressTV.

“There is no other word one can use but racist. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’، whose entire populations، who are not white، are therefore not welcome،” the UN human rights spokesman، Rupert Colville، said at a Geneva news briefing on Friday.

Trump referred to countries such as El Salvador، Haiti and certain African nations، as “shithole” countries، urging lawmakers to make efforts to stop immigrants from these countries entering the US، and instead accept immigrants from countries such as Norway، according to two sources familiar with the comments made during a White House meeting on Thursday.

Trump’s comments sparked anger and drew global condemnation. Haiti summoned Robin Diallo، the US chargé d’affaires to the country، to meet the Haitian president، Jovenel Moïse، to discuss Trump’s comments.

Laurent Lamothe، the former Haitian president، expressed his dismay at the remarks، saying the US president had shown “a lack of respect and ignorance”.

El Salvador’s foreign minister، Hugo Martínez، also reacted to the comments، stressing Salvadoran contributions to the US. “A good part of those who helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina were Salvadoran. I feel proud to be Salvadoran،” he tweeted.

The African Union said it was alarmed by Trump’s language. “Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves، this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice،” AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

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