Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the need for the Islamic world to move together in combating the rising Islamophobia and xenophobia in Western countries.
This came in a video message he sent to the dinner party of the forty-sixth annual conference of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA), which was held on Saturday evening in Dallas, United States.
President Erdogan noted that “Turkey and Pakistan are two brotherly countries with exceptional relations,” and appreciated the assistance provided by the Pakistani people to Turkey following the earthquake disaster on February 6.
He pointed out that Americans of Pakistani origin also rushed to provide aid for the afflicted in Turkey through a campaign organized by the Medical Association.
In his message, President Erdogan touched on the rise of Islamophobia and xenophobia in the West.
“We must act together in combating the rising Islamophobia and xenophobia in Western countries,” he said.
He pointed out that “the despicable attack on our holy book, the Holy Quran, in Sweden on the first day of Eid al-Adha reveals the frightening dimensions that anti-Islam has reached.”
And he added, “There are great responsibilities placed on all of us, all Muslims, to ensure that such actions are not repeated, to which Turkey is showing a very strong reaction.”
And he continued: “If we are united in the heart of one man, no one in the world will dare attack the sanctities of Muslims.”