Weekly rant from Turkey: PM Davutoglu ‘concerned’ over xenophobic attacks in Europe

BERLIN – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has voiced concern over the growing number of xenophobic attacks against immigrants and Muslims in Germany and Europe, calling on politicians take a strong stand against racism and Islamophobia.

Speaking at an inauguration ceremony of the new Turkish Consulate General building in the west German city of Dusseldorf on Sunday, he called for action to curb the problem.

Davutoglu said: “The emergence of (xenophobic) movements in Europe, and especially the Islamophobic acts and attacks against many mosques, are a source of great concern for all of us.

“Today, the biggest threat for our common home, our continent of Europe, is xenophobia and other ethnic, religious or sectarian differences.”

“The basic value which we should strongly sustain for the future of our continent is to protect human dignity and ensure a cultural environment in which everyone can freely practice his or her religion, faith and beliefs,” he added…