Erdogan thanks Facebook founder Zuckerberg for Trump protest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanks Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for his protest against recent anti-Muslim remarks of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen during Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Dec. 9, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has posted a statement on his Facebook page expressing his appreciation of Facebook founder and boss Mark Zuckerberg on his protest against the recent anti-Muslim remarks of the American presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

"I would like to express that I highly value Mark Zuckerberg's message for pointing out the profound difference between Islam and terrorism since these two concepts are often mentioned in the same breath these days," Erdogan wrote on his Facebook page on Dec. 10.

Republican Presidential front-runner Trump has called for all Muslims to be banned from entering the United States, in the wake of the California shootings, during one of his campaign meetings on Dec. 7.

He has abruptly recommended “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Trump also claimed that “there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population,” citing two controversial opinion polls.

Zuckerberg has condemned Trump's stance on his own Facebook account on Wednesday saying that “I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckenberg speaks to media during a press conference after the meeting with Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo (not seen) in Jakarta on Oct. 13, 2014.

“After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others,” he wrote in his short message.

“If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you,” he declared.

Erdogan also reiterated peace message in his latest Zuckerberg post stating that, "Islam is a religion of peace. Murderous networks that abuse Islam for their self-serving goals are massacring innocent people every day, particularly Muslims.”

“These shady structures, called DAESH, Al Qaida, Boko Haram, Al Shabab are pawns, serving plots against the Islamic world. A terrorist cannot be a Muslim. A Muslim cannot be a terrorist," he added.

An online petition started on Wednesday to block Trump from entering the United Kingdom has received more than 300,000 signatures from Britons according to recent media accounts.

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