France and Germany on Saturday united to voice disquiet over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to limit immigration and refugees from some Muslim countries.
Speaking at a joint news conference in Paris with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said many of Trump’s decisions worried the two U.S. allies, including new immigration restrictions.
Also speaking, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said the German leader believes that Trump’s travel ban on people from some Muslim-majority countries is wrong.
After the meeting the foreign ministers of both nations said they hope to meet with the Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson.
Trump had on Friday signed an executive order that will curb immigration and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries.
However, Ayrault revealed that Trump’s order that bans refugees “can only worry us.”
“We have signed international obligations, so welcoming refugees fleeing war and oppression forms part of our duties,” the French minister said.
“There are many other issues that worry us,” he added. “That is why Sigmar and I also discussed what we are going to do. When our colleague, Tillerson, is officially appointed, we will both contact him.”
Gabriel said offering refuge to the persecuted are western values that Europe and the United States share.
“Love thy neighbor is part of this tradition, the act of helping others,” he said. “This unites us, we Westerners.
“I think that this remains a common foundation that we share with the United States, one we aim to promote.”
Trump said the ban was necessary in preventing “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the U.S.