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German, Dutch Foreign Ministers Criticize U.S. Travel Ban

29 Jan 2017 6:30 pm

By Anton Troianovski

BERLIN -- Germany and the Netherlands will work through the European Union to safeguard the rights of their citizens affected by the U.S. travel ban on refugees and citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries, the countries' foreign ministers said.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his Dutch counterpart, Bert Koenders, criticized the ban, saying they supported the fight against terrorism but that it could only be won "with a clear compass and a solid value framework." Their joint statement was released by the German foreign ministry.

The ministers said their U.S. embassies had made urgent requests to American officials for an explanation of what the ban means for dual citizens and promised to work through the EU to preserve their citizens' ability to travel to the U.S.

"We are firmly determined to safeguard the rights of our citizens and will rapidly coordinate within the European Union on the necessary steps," the ministers said.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 29, 2017 13:30 ET (18:30 GMT)

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