On Monday, Syria’s foreign minister issued a surprising statement to Syrian refugees already in other countries, inviting them to come home, Syrian news agency SANA reported.
This news came after President Donald Trump famously (or infamously, depending upon whom you ask) put in place a ban on receiving Syrian refugees and imposed tough restrictions on travelers from seven countries, including Syria.
Although Foreign Minister Walid Muallem didn’t explicitly speak regarding the actions of the United States, the timing seemed a little too close to be a coincidence.
Muallem “renewed the invitation of the government to Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries to return to their country,” SANA reported.
He “stressed (that) the country was ready to receive them and grant them a dignified life.”
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that the violence in Syria has displaced an incredible 4.8 million people, a staggering number of individuals and families in search of a better life.
The left has been swift to condemn Trump for his unwillingness to accept refugees, many accusing him of lacking compassion. Trump explained his policies in a Facebook post:
“I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria,” he said. “My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as president I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”
The violence in Syria continues.
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