Şentop: The West ignores its own values when it comes to Muslims

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Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop said on Sunday that Western countries ignore their values and customs when it comes to Muslims.

This came in a speech during his meeting with his Algerian counterpart Ibrahim Bougali on the sidelines of the 17th Conference of the Union of Councils of Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Algiers.

Şentop praised the importance of the conference, which addresses the common problems of the Islamic world.

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He explained that 400 million Muslims living in non-Islamic countries around the world are subjected to systematic or individual violations of human rights.

He pointed to the growing phenomenon of Islamophobia, xenophobia and racial discrimination in recent years, and that this phenomenon has become a policy adopted by some countries.

Şentop also met in Algeria with the Speaker of the Ivorian Parliament, Adama Bektogo, and discussed with him the existing bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them.

Şentop and Bektogo discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two sides in the fields of energy, health and education.

He also met with the Chairman of the Shura Council in the Sultanate of Oman, Khalid bin Hilal Al-Ma’awali, and expressed his gratitude for the development of the two countries’ relations in recent years.

Şentop said that Turkey and the Sultanate of Oman share the same vision on many regional and international issues.