TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (Press Shia) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed grave concern at the Executive Order passed by US president banning nationals of 7 OIC Member States from the US and excluding those holding valid visas and permanent residence cards from entry.

The OIC General Secretariat stated that this decision will further complicate the already grave challenges facing refugees. As a result of this ban many of those fleeing war and persecution have been adversely and unjustly affected.

Such selective and discriminatory acts will only serve to embolden the radical narratives of extremists and will provide further fuel to the advocates of violence and terrorism at a critical time when the OIC has been engaged with all partners, including the US, to combat extremism and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations.

The OIC calls upon the United States government to reconsider this blanket decision and maintain its moral obligation to provide leadership and hope at a time of great uncertainty and unrest in the world.

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