Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, signed into law on Friday, could be a game changer for the Middle East.
The move will have major ramifications for the lives of tens of millions of Muslims, the U.S. and other nations that are already grappling with the aftermath of the Syrian civil war.
But the backlash is just beginning.
In the weeks since Trump’s executive order was signed, a flurry of backlash has emerged.
The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, said his country will not allow a visit by a foreign delegation to the United States until the president rescinds the ban.
In France, the government banned a scheduled visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to the U!
K., with the U.’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson cancelling the meeting on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, which has a long history of relations with the United Kingdom, was one of the first nations to call on Trump to immediately rescind the order.
But the Saudis have not been the only ones to question Trump’s actions.
“I don’t think he’s an authoritarian and I think he is doing the right thing,” Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman told a news conference on Saturday, according to a translation by The Associated Press.
Other countries, such as Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, have also called for Trump to lift the ban, and the United Nations said Saturday it would take steps to help countries affected by the ban and other U.K. measures.
Baghdad, a major U.A.E. city with a large Muslim population, is among the U’s most important oil producing provinces, and many residents have been calling on the U to lift Trump’s ban.
The city, where a Trump supporter was shot and killed last week, has already seen a number of demonstrations and street protests, and some residents have spoken out in support of Trump.
According to Reuters, a woman who identified herself as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of al-Qaida’s most senior leaders in Iraq, posted a statement on social media, urging his followers to join the protests in Baghdad.
“The U.N. is calling for a national day of protest in Baghdad tomorrow,” Abu Bakr said, according a translation of his statement by Al Jazeera English.
“Our brothers in Baghdad are facing a dire situation.
We are ready to stand in solidarity and support the Iraqis.
It is our duty to defend them.”
The move to lift U.B.A.’s ban comes as the U.-S.
relationship with Baghdad has been strained for months.
While U.P. officials said Friday that the ban is being lifted to allow for a visit from U.J. President Mike Pompeo, many U.T.O. residents said the decision to rescind the ban was already too late.
A number of U.U.S.-Iraqi diplomats have already told Reuters that the U-S.
is now ready to make a deal with Baghdad to lift some of the ban on U.O., such as lifting U.L.O.’s requirement for the removal of all Islamic symbols from the streets of Baghdad and allowing a visit of some U.M.
O, which the U of A.E.’s President is hosting in May.
U.A.-U.K.-UYankaja, the umbrella group for all Muslim countries in the U, issued a statement Saturday calling on U.-A.
Es and U.Y.s to unite in solidarity to defend the ban in Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that the government is considering ways to help Iraqi citizens living in U.Q.
E, U.H.E., U.E./S.A., and UU. countries, which are already under pressure due to the effects of the UB.
Iraq’s Interior Ministry announced late Friday that all U.W. citizens and UH.
E.-based residents living in the six countries are required to register with the ministry and return to the home country in order to leave Iraq.
The move comes as U.R.N.-led pressure on Iraq to allow a meeting between President Donald Trump and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum is intensifying.
Since the UBLA and UY. ban was first imposed in May, Iraqi citizens have been detained and denied access to U.C.P., which provides emergency assistance to the Iraqi people.
On Friday, UU-Y.
officials urged Iraqi citizens to remain calm and to remain vigilant.
For the time being, we advise Iraqi citizens who have not yet registered to stay at home and report any incidents, such an incident, or other crimes,” the statement said