MHP chair slams German Islam Conference

MHP chair slams German Islam Conference

ANKARA 
MHP chair slams German Islam Conference

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader on Dec. 4 called the German Islam Conference (DIK) held last week “a scandal.”

Addressing his party’s parliamentary group meeting, Devlet Bahçeli recalled that the conference was opened by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, “who said that Islam does not belong to Germany.”

“The conference which convened with the slogan of ‘Islam in Germany and for Germany’ is a scandal, it is carelessness and an insult on our belief,” said Bahçeli.

He also criticized the choice of food being served at the conference, namely sausage made of pork.

“What does ‘Islam for Germany’ mean? What does pork have to do in a conference on Islam?” he said, adding that Islam “does not belong to any country.”

The 4th German Islam Conference was held on Nov. 28 in the capital Berlin.

In 2006, the German Islam Conference opened the first institutionalized dialogue between representatives of the German government and of Muslims in Germany.

According to the German government, roughly 4.5 million Muslims are living in Germany, accounting to about 5.5 percent of the total population.

‘US is indifferent to code of alliance’

Bahçeli also criticized the U.S. plan to place observation posts in the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

He said that the alliance between Turkey and the U.S. requires “reciprocally ethic and legal responsibility” of the parties.

“However, the U.S. is indifferent to the code of alliance. They are always side by side with terror organizations,” said Bahçeli.

He described the U.S. action to set up observation posts in northeastern Syria -- along Turkey’s southeastern border -- as “scandalous.”

On November, the U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the U.S. was placing observation posts along the Turkish border in northern Syria.

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