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UN chief says "Islamophoia" fuiling terrorism

 2017-02-12 18:19:20.0

UN chief says "Islamophoia" fuiling terrorism

RIYADH: Antonio Guterres says, "Islamophobia" in parts of the world is fueling terrorism, The head of United Nations said on a visit to Saudia Arabia on Sunday , as anti-immigrant sentiment rises in some countries.

The UN Secretary-Genral Antonio Futerres made the statement after talks with Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"'One of the things that fuel terrorism is the expression in some parts of the world of Islophobic feelings and Islamophobia policies and Islamophobic hate speeaches," Guterrs said joint conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

"This is the best support that Daesh can have to make its own propoganda," Guterres said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group of Sunni extremist's in Syria and Iraq.

The ISIS has also claimed deadly attacks in Saudi Arabia and Europe. Anti-immigration politicians including France's Marine Le Pen have seen their popularity rise after an inrush to Europe of migrants, many of them Muslims fleeing wars in Syria and elsewhere.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued an order in late January , banning entry to all refugees for 120 days. It also banned travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

Refugees from Syria were banned for an unspecified time, but the order has faced obstacles and on Thursday an appellate court of appellate jurisdiction decided unanimously too maintain a block on Trump's order.

Since, the Syria's conflict begin with anti-government protests in March 2011, it has created 4.5 billion refugees and killed more than 310,000 people.

Guterres said "we will never be successful in fighting terrorism in Syria if an inclusive political solution is not found for the Syrian people."

A new round of UN-sponsored peace talks is scheduled for February 20 in Geneva. Guterres arrived Saudi Arabia from Turkey and is to be in Dubai on Monday for the World Government Summit during his regional tour.

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