French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel say they are concerned over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to limit refugees as they meet in Paris. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION France and Germany voiced concern on Saturday (January 28) over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to limit immigration and refugees from some Muslim countries, and they reaffirmed a firm line on Russian sanctions. Speaking at a joint news conference in Paris with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said many of Trump's decisions worried the two U.S. allies, including new immigration restrictions. Trump on Friday signed an executive order that will curb immigration and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries and he separately said he wanted the United States to give priority to Syrian Christians fleeing the civil war there. "Welcoming refugees, who flee war and oppression, is part of our duty. We must ensure it happens in a fair, correct way and also in solidarity. And ensuring the way we do it - that's why European dialogue and European solidarity must continue to play a role and clearly play a role, and that each nation must play its part - so that societies are not unsettled but that they fulfil their commitments and that they are faithful to our values. Clearly - you ask me a question on a recent decision - this can only worry us," Ayrault told reporters. Germany has taken in more than one million refugees and migrants, mainly from the Middle East, since 2015. Although traditionally open to asylum seekers, France has taken in far fewer refugees than Germany since the migrant crisis erupted, with some in the French government, mostly ex-premier Manuel Valls, criticising Berlin's open-door policy. "The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning. Loving your neighbour is a major Christian value, and that includes helping people. I think that is what unites us in the West, and I think that is still a common foundation that we share with the United States and we want to make that clear," Gabriel, who was on his first trip abroad since his nomination as foreign minister, said.