African Union, Others Respond To Alleged 'Shithole Countries' Comment

Postado Janeiro 14, 2018

Speaking to Chinese news agency Xinhua, Abebe Ayente, senior researcher at Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies (EFRSS), a local think tank, said the comments of US President will further reduce the influence of United States on the global stage. At least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.

Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries".

Haitians reacted with outrage Friday to reports of Mr. Trump's remarks.

Trump denied in a tweet that he used the controversial language.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Botswana summoned the United States ambassador to the country to "clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "s***hole" country", according to a foreign ministry statement calling Mr Trump's comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

Reacting to the remarks made by Trump, Rupert Colville, spokesman of the United Nations human rights office, said: "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as shitholes ..."

For instance, a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations issued an extraordinary statement condemning what they termed as "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" by President Trump and demanding a retraction and apology.

"First stop would be Osu Castle, Elmina Castle, and the over 40 Forts that detained about 30 million slaves, beaten and shipped out like sardine cans and then I will tell you the history of Africa and why people like you made that a "s***hole" continent".

The president of Ghana tweeted Friday morning: "We are certainly not a 'shithole country.' We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".

"I am an African and very proud of my continent".

Trump was widely condemned by many African countries and by worldwide rights organisations for the comments.

Addressing the media ahead of the ANC's January 8 statement in East London, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte described Trump's comments as "unfortunate".

"Ours is not a shithole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said Duarte. The US Military also carries out training and advisory missions in other African countries, with hundreds of troops performing that mission in Niger and Somalia.