Muslims are facing systematic attacks after the September 11, 2001 events, Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday addressing an event dedicated to Muslim minorities, APA reported citing Turkey’s NTV channel.
Erdogan stressed that terrorist organizations such as ISIL, Boko Haram deal a blow to the Islamic world.
"They tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, but that they kill people under the name of Islam. Several Western countries add fuel to the fire to cover up their domestic problems. The most terrible massacres were carried out by these Western countries, which are now teaching us. Last time I told one of them that they killed 5 million people in Algeria, and now they are giving us advice on Syria. They committed massacres in Rwanda and elsewhere, and did they answer for it?” the Turkish leader said.
Erdogan emphasized that the West, through terrorist organizations, tries to tarnish the Islamic world.
“That is a reason why neo-fascist parties began to come to power in Western countries. Houses, mosques of Muslims become a target of anti-Islamic groups. Muslims are subjected to attacks in Germany, Holland, Belgium and France. Women in veils are exposed to insults. One of such countries is France. France has expelled gypsies from the country as well. This obviously contradicts human rights, legal norms,” the president added.
Erdogan said that the West turns a blind eye to ethnic cleansing being carried out against Muslim minorities in a number of countries.