Erdogan calls on diplomats to confront Islamophobia in western countries
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has addressed the diplomatic board of the country on international priorities calling on the missions to confront the intensifying Islamophobia and xenophobia against Turkish nationals in western countries.
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Turkish President in his remarks at the annual meeting of the ambassadors and foreign ministry said ”cultural discrimination” is increasing across the globe and especially in the western countries, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
He referred to reports of Islamophobia in Sweden and said,” Atrocities against hijabi women in public, burning the holy Qur’an under protection of police, throwing pigs’ heads at mosques and similar measures are all horrifying instances of Islamophobia.”
Erdogan also condemned some European countries over closure of Islamic associations and mosques under futile pretexts.
“I expect you to firmly stand by us and defend the rights and honor of your citizens under any condition” President Erdogan called on the ambassadors.
He called for ways to foil the increasing pressure on Islamic associations and mosques through diplomatic channels.
Turkish President had previously warned of Islamophobia as a means for western politicians to cover up for their failures.