Outgoing African Union chief, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has remarked that the U.S travel ban on some seven predominantly Muslim countries, which also includes three African countries is a challenge.
During an AU summit, Dr Dlamini-Zuma remarked that the travel ban which also affects people with passports from Libya, Somalia and Sudan for 120 days is a “challenge to our unity and solidarity”.
“We are entering very turbulent times. The very country to which many of our people were taken as slaves during the transatlantic slave trade has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries. What do we do about this? Indeed, this is one of the greatest challenges to our unity and solidarity,” she said during the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Earlier, Dr Dlamini-Zuma urged Africa to implement a free trade zone on the continent as she warned against the Trump presidency.
“We seem to be moving towards a multipolar world as the US under the new administration threatens the consensus on climate change, attack hard-won women’s rights and move towards protectionism.
“Africa’s only protection in these treacherous global waters is to honor the decision to commence its own Continental Free Trade Area in 2017.
She further stressed that it was important for Africa to reignite the fires of pan-Africanism especially at a time like this. She added that this would assist in fulfilling the goals of Agenda 2063.
President Trump made an executive order demanding that holders of a U.S immigration passport from 7 predominantly Muslim countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen should be temporarily banned from entering the United States.
Legal U.S citizens returning from any of the mentioned countries are also not permitted to re-enter the country. The president plans to use the period of the temporary ban to set up a more rigorous vetting system.