“We should take care not to turn this fight into a front against Islam and Muslims in general,” she said, as a thinly veiled warning to the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he would issue a new executive order to replace his controversial directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries. He has said the directive was aimed at protecting the country from terrorist attacks.
German Defense Minister also warned the United States over damaging the Europe Union and Atlantic Treaty. She asserted a stable European Union is also in Washington’s interest.
Trump’s stance in praising the decision of Great Britain to separate from European Union and his criticism against the NATO, has ruffled European concerns.
Concerning the Munich Security Conference, Ursula von der Leyen said: “Our American friends know that the tone of their speech about Europe has a direct impact on the unity of our continent.” She emphasized: “The establishment of a strong and united Europe and the Atlantic Alliance is in favor of the United States.”
In this context, she said: “We cannot treat our allies or people that doubt our values, borders and laws in the same manner.”
She repeatedly praised Putin and called for more ties with Russia, particularly in the matter of the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.
The German Defense Minister slammed the temporary ban on immigration and travel by Trump against 7 countries with dominant Muslim citizens to the United States.
Ursula von der Leyen said: “We must avoid turning counter-terrorism fight into a fight against Islam. This is because we will be faced with the danger of division and laying the groundwork for violence and terrorism will increase.”
She also warned that in this manner, we shall face the danger of sinking deeper into the swamp of violence and brutality. It is better to reach out to the Arab and Islamic countries that have the same ideology.
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