London Mayor Khan to US envoy: Travel ban cruel, prejudiced

January 31, 2017 15:48

LONDON - The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will tell the top US diplomat in Britain on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from a list of Muslim nations is prejudiced and will hurt rather than improve US security.

Khan, Britain's most prominent Muslim politician, will make his comments at a meeting of foreign dignitaries, including US chargé d'affaires Lewis Lukens and ambassadors from most of the countries affected by the ban, the mayor's office said."Targeting people for no reason other than their faith or their country of birth is cruel, prejudiced and counterproductive," he will say, according to excerpts released to the media.

Khan, a member of the opposition Labour party who was elected mayor last year, has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel a planned state visit to London until he lifts the ban that he signed into force last Friday.

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