Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu meets Ahmed Mohamed
Ahmed Mohamed (C) takes a selfie with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (R), and his wife, Sare Davutoğlu.Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who is New York for the 70th United Nations General Assembly, has met with 14-year-old student Ahmed Mohamed, who was detained at school by the police in Texas when a teacher thought a clock he had made was a bomb.
Mohamed was among the invitees of a reception in New York on Sept. 25, which was also attended by Prime Minister Davutoğlu. He and Prime Minister Davutoğlu, together with his wife, Sare Davutoğlu, had a brief chat and took a photo together.
Speaking to reporters before the reception, Mohamed said he was excited to meet the Turkish prime minister.
“Despite everything, we should always be creative, even when others turn you down,” said Mohamed.
“My dream is to raise consciousness against racism and discrimination,” he said, adding that he would like to visit Turkey in the future.
Mohamed, a Muslim teenager, became an overnight celebrity after a teacher confiscated his clock and alerted school officials when it started beeping in one of his classes. On the chance it could be a “hoax bomb,” officials involved police which ultimately ended in his arrest.
All charges were ultimately dropped against Mohamed and the student has since been invited to the White House, Google Science Fair, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other events for his clock creation.