Erdoğan: Criticism of Europe and Macron, France calls back ambassadors

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The Turkish president Erdoğan criticizes the increasing Islamophobia in Europe and condemns Macron for his statements against Muslims. France calls back its ambassador from Ankara for consultations

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned of increasing Islamophobia in European states. The anti-Muslim racism is a “disease” that harms society, said the Turkish president on Saturday during a speech in Kayseri province.

With attacks on the rights of Muslims, anti-Muslim racism in Europe has reached a new phase, said Erdoğan. He referred to the recent police raid in the Berlin Mevlana Mosque. During the raid 150 police stormed the church during a prayer. The reason for this was the suspicion of incorrect information in the application for Corona aid funds. The Mevlana Mosque has received 45,000 euros so far.

Macron must have “his mental state checked

The Turkish president also criticized the French head of state Emmanuel Macron: “What more can one say about a president who does not understand religious freedom – and treats millions of people of other faiths in his country in this way? He further asked: “What problem does this person named Macron have with Islam and Muslims? Because of his stance against Muslims, he said that they should be under “psychological treatment,” according to Erdoğan.

Macron had accused Muslim communities in France of “separatism” and described Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world. Most recently, caricatures of the Islamic prophet Mohammed had been projected onto French government buildings. This led to indignation in the Islamic world.

The Elysée Palace has reacted with indignation to the harsh criticism of the Turkish president against France’s head of state. “The statements of president Erdoğan are unacceptable,” said a representative of the French presidency in response to an AFP inquiry on Saturday. The French ambassador in Ankara had been called back to Paris for consultations with Macron.

TRT German.

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