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UPDATE – Turkey: Opposition leader slams German Islam Conference

– MHP leader Devlet Bahceli calls ‘Islam for Germany’ slogan used in conference ‘scandal’

UPDATE WITH MORE REMARKS OF OPPOSITION HEAD</p> <p>By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader on Tuesday called the German Islam Conference (DIK) held last week &quot;a scandal&quot;.</p> <p>Addressing his party's parliamentary group meeting, Devlet Bahceli recalled that the conference was opened by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, &quot;who said that Islam does not belong to Germany.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;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,&quot; said Bahceli.</p> <p>He also criticized the choice of food being served at the conference, namely sausage made of pork.</p> <p>&quot;What does 'Islam for Germany' mean? What does pork have to do in a conference on Islam?&quot; he said, adding that Islam does not belong to any country, but it is the only religion before God.</p> <p>According to the German government, roughly 4.5 million Muslims are living in Germany, accounting to about 5.5 percent of the total population.</p> <p>The 4th German Islam Conference was held on Nov. 28 in the capital Berlin.</p> <p>In 2006, the German Islam Conference opened the first institutionalized dialogue between representatives of the German government and of Muslims in Germany.</p> <p> </p> <p>- ‘US is indifferent to code of alliance’</p> <p>The MHP leader also criticized the U.S. plan to place observation posts in the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.</p> <p>Bahceli said that the alliance between Turkey and the U.S. requires “reciprocally ethic and legal responsibility” of the parties.</p> <p>&quot;However, the U.S. is indifferent to the code of alliance. They are always side by side with terror organizations,&quot; said Bahceli.</p> <p>He described the U.S. action to set up observation posts in northeastern Syria — along Turkey’s southeastern border — as “scandalous”.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Turkey has objected to the U.S. helping the terrorist YPG/PKK, in what the U.S. calls anti-Daesh efforts, telling Washington that fighting one terrorist group with another will come to nothing.

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