The attempts to portray terrorism as a phenomenon that only involves Muslims throughout the world is a serious problem manifested by a Euro-centric, biased perspective, Turkish presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said Thursday, while he urged Muslims to avoid sectarianism.
Speaking at a symposium on North Africa, Iran and Turkey at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Kalın said that it is unacceptable to claim that terrorism is only present in Muslim societies.
“The idea that Middle Eastern countries support terrorism is unacceptable,” Kalın said, noting that terrorist groups such as Daesh target and harm Muslims.
He continued by saying that it is wrong to use terms “Islamic terrorism” or “radical Islam,” saying that such terms sinisterly attempt to portray Islam as a violent religion that promotes violence.
Kalın added that the West avoids recognizing other terrorist groups.
“We need to question the hypocritical approach of the West,” Kalın said, adding that it is not possible to get results if there are double standards regarding the fight against terror.
Meanwhile, Kalın urged Shia and Sunni Muslims to look at their common origins rather than their differences and being split by sectarianism. (dailysabah.com)
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