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World Islamic body says Trump visa ban emboldens extremists

Demonstrators shut down the traffic loops at LAX International Airport and yell slogans during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Ted Soqui

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries harmed the common struggle against radicalism.

“Such selective and discriminatory acts will only serve to embolden the radical narratives of extremists,” the group said in a statement on its website.

“(The move) will provide further fuel to the advocates of violence and terrorism at a critical time when the OIC has been engaged with all partners, including the U.S., to combat extremism and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations.”

Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Catherine Evans