NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s mayor is to ban flights from the United States, including those originating in the United Arab Emirates, for two days on Thursday to protect American lives and public safety following a deadly terrorist attack there.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s office said on Monday that his administration would seek to ban the use of United Arab Emirate as a passport and visa in the first half of next year, though it gave no indication how it would measure the impact.
The UAE, home to several terror groups including al Qaeda and ISIS, has long been one of the most sought-after countries by Western terror suspects, and Trump has repeatedly urged its government to stop exporting terror and recruit new ones.
He said on Friday that he had asked U.S.-based companies to voluntarily stop cooperating with the U.A.E. in providing visas, saying he hoped to see more of the UAE’s citizens joining ISIS and other terrorist groups.
The Trump administration is also expected to seek to suspend U.N. sanctions on the UAE, but it did not provide details on how the move might affect the United Kingdom and Canada.
The United Arab Gulf Emirates, which hosts major U.E.-based shipping lines, is a major U