Erdogan’s plea: End sectarian divisions

Updated 16 April 2016

Erdogan’s plea: End sectarian divisions

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged Muslim leaders gathered for the OIC summit to end sectarian divisions in the Islamic world and join forces to fight terror.
“I believe the greatest challenge we need to surmount is sectarianism. My religion is not that of Sunnis, of Shiites. My religion is Islam,” Erdogan said in his opening speech.
“We should be uniting. Out of the conflicts, the tyranny, only the Muslims suffer,” he said, adding the summit meeting could be a “turning point” for the whole Islamic world.
He also called for the re-structuring of the UN Security Council, so that the Muslim world has an effective voice. Erdogan lashed out at Daesh and Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria as two “terrorist organizations that are serving the same evil purpose.”
He said that the OIC had accepted a Turkish proposal to set up a multinational police coordination center for Islamic states to fight militants, to be based in Istanbul.
“We need to establish an organization to further strengthen cooperation in the fight against terror,” he said.
Several leaders have expressed their commitment to unify the Muslim world in the face of severe political, economic and social challenges.
In his speech, read out by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Soukry, President Abdul Fattah El-Sisi said that as the chair of the previous summit, Egypt had done everything it could to advance the cause of Muslims across the globe.
This would continue under Turkey, as the new chair, particularly with regard to action on the Palestinian question, which should be resolved with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. He commended the OIC for holding a summit on Palestine in Indonesia in March.
Erdogan agreed with El-Sisi’s call for action on Palestine, and also endorsed the call for unity among Muslim nations to tackle the problems of vulnerable communities.
He said Turkey was doing everything it can to help refugees, and had already saved around 100,000 from drowning in the Aegean Sea.
The Summit proceedings will conclude today with the adoption of a resolution on Palestine, the OIC Ten-Year Program of Action for 2015-2025, the final communiqué, and the Istanbul Declaration.


US calls Iran’s $3m reward to kill Trump ‘ridiculous’

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US calls Iran’s $3m reward to kill Trump ‘ridiculous’

GENEVA: A US envoy on Tuesday called an Iranian lawmaker’s offer of a $3 million reward to anyone who killed US President Donald Trump “ridiculous” and said it pointed to the “terrorist underpinnings” of the Iranian government.
“It’s just ridiculous but it gives you a sense of the terrorist underpinnings of that regime and that regime needs to change its behavior,” Robert Wood, US disarmament ambassador, told reporters in Geneva.