French President Francois Hollande on Saturday warned his new US counterpart Donald Trump against adopting a protectionist stance and called on him to respect the principle of accepting refugees.
Trump on Friday signed an executive order suspending the US refugee resettlement programme for 120 days.
“Faced with an unstable and uncertain world, withdrawal into oneself is a dead-end response,” Hollande was quoted as saying.
He added that defending democratic principles required compliance with “the principles on which it is founded, in particular the acceptance of refugees”.
In addition to his freeze on refugee settlement Trump has also announced that visa applications from seven Muslim countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – are on hold for at least 90 days.