PM Yıldırım expresses ‘discomfort’ about anti-Muslims comments in US presidential campaign

Published 28.06.2016 09:50
Updated 28.06.2016 09:51
PM Binali Yıldırım speaks during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, 27 June 2016. (EPA)
PM Binali Yıldırım speaks during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, 27 June 2016. (EPA)

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on Monday expressed "discomfort" at the anti-Muslim rhetoric used in U.S. presidential race.

"A presidential election campaign is going on in our close ally and partner, the United States. We would like to express our discomfort about the anti-Muslim comments in this campaign that fuel hate speech," Yıldırım said during an iftar event at his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's headquarters in Ankara.

Yıldırım appeared to target Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but did not mention his name.

"It is critical that these approaches should not gain ground beyond the election process, and that they are offset by effective policies," Yıldırım said.

Trump has repeatedly targeted Muslims in his bid to become president, including calling for a ban on their entering the U.S. in the wake of deadly shootings in San Bernadino, California, last December that killed 14 victims.

He repeated his call following an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month in which 49 victims were killed.
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