Government & Politics

OIC voices deep concern at Islamophobic statements by Dutch politician

Jeddah (IINA) � The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed deep concern over the Islamophobic and anti-immigrant statements made by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders during the election campaign in the Netherlands calling for Turks to leave the country.

Promoting intolerance and xenophobia against Muslim communities through fear and hatred have led to a backlash against all immigrants, said OIC spokesperson in a statement. "Such statements are not only irresponsible, but also feed the radical narratives of violent groups and terrorists. It also runs contrary to the ongoing global efforts to strengthen dialogue among civilizations, cultures and religions to promote better relations among communities," read the statement.

The OIC spokesperson reiterated that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and that terrorism should not be equated with any race or religion.

The Organization urged the authorities in the Netherlands to take strong and collective measures to promote peace, harmony and peaceful cohabitation among peoples of different religious, cultural and ethnical backgrounds. It also called upon all political, secular or religious leaders to join hands and strengthen their efforts for promoting peaceful coexistence, dialogue and mutual understanding.

Source: International Islamic News Agency