Turkish Minister says Europe sees other cultures 'enemy'

Turkish State Minister Mehmet Aydin said Europe considered its own culture as "superior" and all other cultures as "enemy".

Turkish Minister says Europe sees other cultures 'enemy'

Turkish State Minister Mehmet Aydin on Tuesday said Europe considered its own culture as "superior" and all other cultures as "enemy".

"The Europeans should quit seeing themselves the higher culture and get to know the Islam better," Aydin told a "High-level Conference on Tolerance and Non-discrimination" of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Aydin said the Western world was under heavy influence of islamophobia, which he said needed urgent counter-action.

"European politicians used islamophobia as a political chip at times of elections to get more votes. Unless urgent action is taken today, the world would have to tackle tomorrow a difficult and enduring problem just like antisemitism," Aydin said.

Aydin said the Alliance of Civilizations, which is pioneered by Turkey, was an important project to reduce differences of culture and languages, adding that Turkey took major steps for democracy, human rights and freedoms to take hold in its own country and the region.



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Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Haziran 2010, 14:05

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andrew michael
andrew michael - 12 yıl Önce

Afraid you are mistaken, Europe has been around far longer than Islam so its culture is far more superior and established.