German chancellor Angela Merkel urges Muslim countries and Islamic scholars to speak up against fundamentalists

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 20 February 2017| 22 Jumadul Ula 1438

Islam is not the source of terrorism, and Islamic scholars and Muslim countries should speak up against fundamentalists to make this clear to the world, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.

In her address to the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Merkel underlined the importance of close cooperation with Muslim countries in defeating Daesh, Boko Haram and international terrorism.

She said:I think, those countries, first and foremost have to give a contribution. Because only in this way we would be able to convince people that it is not Islam that is the source of terrorism. But a falsely understood Islam.

“I expect from religious authorities of Islam to find strong language in order to delimitate peaceful Islam from terrorism committed in the name of Islam. We as non-Muslims cannot do this, it should be done by Islamic clergy and authorities,” she added.

Merkel said she had discussed the fight against terrorism during her meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim this morning in Munich.

“I have just now addressed this issue with the Turkish prime minister. We know that particularly our NATO partner Turkey is very much threatened through the challenge of international extremist terrorism through Daesh, but also obviously the terrorism of PKK,” she said.

Merkel underlined that Europe cannot achieve success in the fight against terrorism without the support of the US and also favoured continued cooperation with Russia, especially in efforts to defeat Daesh in Syria.

Source – MEMO