Turkish PM Davutoglu meets Muslim US student Ahmed Mohamed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu meets US high school student who was mistakenly arrested in Texas over his homemade clock

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

US student Ahmed Mohamed takes a selfie with Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu and his wife Sare Davutoglu

Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu met with US student Ahmed Mohamed on Friday. Mohamed was arrested over his homemade clock which was mistaken for a bomb.

Davutoglu welcomed the 14 year-old boy at an event hosted by the Turken Foundation, which is a civil society organization providing consulting and housing services to Turkish students in United States.

Prime Minister Davutoglu, arrived in New York on Thursday to attend various meetings at the 70th UN General Assembly, he also spent some time with Mohamed, who took a "selfie" with the Turkish leader and his wife Sare Davutoglu.

Ahmed's father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, said that the family was grateful for Turkey’s support.

“What happened to my son is something ridiculous; you accuse a Muslim because he is a Muslim. We need all this Islamophobia to stop.” he said.

Ahmed Mohamed, was detained on Sep. 14 in Texas after he attempted to show a clock he made, which was mistaken for a bomb, to his engineering teacher in MacArthur High School.

The 14-year-old ninth grader told the US media that while he was showing the clock to his engineering teacher, another teacher saw the clock and reported it to the school’s principal who called the police.

The arrest of Mohamed was widely criticized and the incident was also regarded as anti-Islamic discrimination on social media.

After making international headlines, the charges against Mohamed were dropped.

Ahmed received messages of support from a number of significant figures including the US President Barack Obama, who he visited at the White House.

TRTWorld and agencies