Erdogan asked Merkel to avoid expression "islamist terror"

Fri, 03.02.2017 13:22

Ahead of today’s EU summit in Malta (3 February), German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lectured her not to use the expression “Islamist terror.”

Answering questions at the presser in Ankara yesterday (2 February), Erdoğan objected to is guest’s use of the well-worn expression.

He said, as quoted by the website of the Turkish presidency:

“The ‘Islamist terror’ expression gravely saddens us as Muslims. Such an expression cannot be used; it is not right because Islam and terror don’t go side by side. Islam literally means peace, it cannot be associated with terror. Therefore, mentioning it side by side terror saddens adherents of this religion.”

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Source: euractiv.com

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