Erdogan calls on Islamic world to unite against terrorism

Turkish President Erdogan calls on Muslim world to take ‘clear and principled’ stand against terrorism, terrorist organizations such as DAESH, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram in Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Istanbul

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 19: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) gives a speech during the 5th Session of The Islamic Conference of Health Ministers at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey on November 19, 2015.

Updated Nov 20, 2015

In the closing session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s 5th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers in Istanbul on Thursday, Turkish President Erdogan said, “We should, hand in hand, have a clear and principled stand against organizations such as DAESH, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram that do the greatest harm to Muslims by using the name of Islam.”

The Turkish president noted that Muslim countries had been represented at the G20 Summit in Turkey earlier this week and they had reached an agreement to jointly fight against “radical movements.”

"At this point, a very important responsibility falls on countries represented at the structure of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation," Erdogan said, "As Muslims our responsibility is very big."

Erdogan also has pointed that the Islamic world and Islamic societies are at the center of refugee crisis as well as terrorism, Erdogan said: “Reactions against terrorism and problems caused by the growing refugee crisis are directed towards all of the Islamic world and all Muslims.

He added, “While the humanitarian tragedy continues in our region, especially in Syria, we are now facing the rise of racist attitudes and hate crimes against Muslims.”

Erdogan also said that Turkey will continue to provide better conditions for Syrian refugees whether Western countries support Turkey or not.

Since the war in Syria has started, Turkey has hosted over two million Syrian refugees, more than any other country thus far, according to United Nation registration records.

​Approximately half the country’s population has been displaced, with around 6.7 million seeking refuge elsewhere in Syria and 5 million moving into neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.

This year around half a million refugees, mostly Syrians, have entered Europe, hoping to gain asylum in economically well-off EU countries.

However, at least 2,636 people have died as they attempt to enter Europe in 2015 according to UNCHR figures.

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