(Adds Luxembourg feedback)
By John Irish
PARIS Jan 28 France, Germany and Luxembourg voiced disquiet on Saturday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s resolution to restrict immigration and refugees from some Muslim international locations, with Berlin and Paris additionally reaffirming a agency line on Russian sanctions.
Speaking at a joint information convention in Paris together with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault mentioned lots of Trump’s selections anxious the 2 U.S. allies, together with new immigration restrictions.
Trump on Friday signed an govt order that can curb immigration and refugees from some Muslim-majority international locations and he individually mentioned he wished the United States to present precedence to Syrian Christians fleeing the civil warfare there.
“This can only worry us, but there are many subjects that worry us,” Ayrault mentioned, including that he would quickly invite his future American counterpart Rex Tillerson to Paris to elucidate Europe’s pursuits, values and imaginative and prescient of the world.
“Welcoming refugees who flee war and oppression is part of our duty,” Ayrault mentioned.
Germany has taken in a couple of million refugees and migrants, primarily from the Middle East, since 2015.
Although historically open to asylum seekers, France has taken in far fewer refugees than Germany because the migrant disaster erupted. Some within the French authorities, principally ex-premier Manuel Valls, criticising Berlin’s open-door coverage, as has Trump.
“The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning. Loving your neighbour is a major Christian value, and that includes helping people,” mentioned Germany’s Gabriel, who was on his first journey overseas since his nomination as overseas minister.
“I think that is what unites us in the West, and I think that is what we want to make clear to the Americans.”
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn mentioned Trump’s order would have unfavorable penalties.
“The American president is dividing the Muslim world into good and evil with this,” Asselborn informed the Tagesspiegel German newspaper. “The decision is also bad for Europe because it will increase the Muslim world’s mistrust and hatred of the West.”
The two international locations additionally reiterated their place on Russian sanctions, saying they may solely be lifted if progress was made within the peace course of for japanese Ukraine, the place a pro-Russian separatist insurgency started in 2014.
They joined British Prime Minister Theresa May in cautioning Trump towards untimely strikes on the problem.
“Let’s not forget there was a war, that Russia sought to take over parts of Ukraine,” Ayrault mentioned.
Trump mentioned on Friday he was solely within the early levels of contemplating whether or not to carry U.S. sanctions on Russia, however insisted he wished to observe via on his marketing campaign pledge to pursue higher relations with Russia.
The French and German ministers additionally mentioned the United Nations remained the most effective framework to guide peace talks about Syria within the aftermath of Russian-led efforts within the Kazakh capital Astana that some diplomats say may undermine the UN course of.
Separately, Germany and France are additionally persevering with to work on making a joint tactical airlift pool of Lockheed Martin Corp C-130J army transport planes, a spokesman for the German defence ministry mentioned on Saturday.
He couldn’t verify a report in Der Spiegel information journal that the 2 international locations anticipated to finish work on the deal and current it to U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at a gathering of NATO defence ministers in Brussels subsequent month.
The journal mentioned German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen hoped to current the joint airlift as proof of Germany’s willingness to contribute extra to NATO.
Trump has criticised many European international locations for not assembly a NATO goal of spending 2 % of gross home product on defence. (Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal in Berlin; writing by Michel Rose; modifying by Mark Heinrich and Dominic Evans)