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Iraq: MPs vote for reciprocal ban on US citizens following Trump's order01:52

Iraq: MPs vote for reciprocal ban on US citizens following Trump's order

Iraq, Baghdad
January 30, 2017 at 22:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Iraqi parliament voted unanimously in favour of banning US citizens from entering the country, in Baghdad on Monday, as a retaliatory measure for US President Donald Trump's so-called Muslim ban. The vote acts upon the Iraqi Foreign Affairs Committee's recommendations, and is non-binding, but is expected to further strain relations between the Washington and Baghdad.

The parliamentary vote comes in reaction to Trump's executive order which bars people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US.

The ban affects citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Trump has maintained that the restrictions should not be dubbed a Muslim ban, despite the bill only applying to the seven countries, all of which have a majority Muslim population.

The travel restrictions will be implemented for 90 days for all people hailing from these seven countries, including legal permanent residents of the US. Additionally, there has been a 120 day ban on refugee admissions, and an indefinite halting of Syrian refugee admissions.

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The Iraqi parliament voted unanimously in favour of banning US citizens from entering the country, in Baghdad on Monday, as a retaliatory measure for US President Donald Trump's so-called Muslim ban. The vote acts upon the Iraqi Foreign Affairs Committee's recommendations, and is non-binding, but is expected to further strain relations between the Washington and Baghdad.

The parliamentary vote comes in reaction to Trump's executive order which bars people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US.

The ban affects citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Trump has maintained that the restrictions should not be dubbed a Muslim ban, despite the bill only applying to the seven countries, all of which have a majority Muslim population.

The travel restrictions will be implemented for 90 days for all people hailing from these seven countries, including legal permanent residents of the US. Additionally, there has been a 120 day ban on refugee admissions, and an indefinite halting of Syrian refugee admissions.

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