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Canadian airline issues statement in response to U.S. ban on 7 Muslim countries

A Syrian woman carries a water bucket on her head, as she walks through the snow at an informal refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Marj near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. In an executive order Friday, President Donald Trump suspended all refugee admissions to the U.S. for four months and banned the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, pending a security review of the admissions program.
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January 28, 2017 - 11:31 AM

TORONTO - A Canadian airline has issued an advisory to travellers after President Donald Trump banned people with passports from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

WestJet says it is waiving its cancellation fee for people who hold passports from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya.

It was not immediately clear whether the ban applies to Canadians who hold dual citizenship with those countries.

A representative from the Canada Border Services Agency deferred questions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Representatives from Global Affairs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A U.S. federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press there was an exemption for foreigners whose entry is in the U.S. national interest, but it was not immediately clear how that exemption might be applied.

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