Malaysia to U.S.: Be friendlier to Muslims ... by backing off on human trafficking

Cultural differences, buddy. Do you want the world to love us or don’t you?

Malaysia dismissed on Monday possible U.S. sanctions over human trafficking and warned Washington of alienating Muslims after it blacklisted mostly Islamic countries.

The U.S. last month ranked Muslim states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Qatar — as among the worst human trade offenders, and said they may face sanctions.

“We are not bothered about…the sanctions,” Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said. “I don’t think we need to respond to that sort of pressure.”

“The U.S. really needs to be friendly to Muslim countries,” he told retired Malaysian diplomats. “This is not a good development as they have just appointed a special envoy to OIC.” Malaysia heads the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Conference.


Here’s the list of “Tier 3” trafficking states per the State Department’s new report on the subject. They’re not all Islamic countries. Only most of them.


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