Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) 22 Mar 2019 16:53 https://www.avapress.com/en/news/181907/muslims-urge-fight-on-islamaphobia-slam-west-after-carnage -------------------------------------------------- Title : Muslims urge fight on Islamaphobia, slam West after carnage -------------------------------------------------- Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says certain countries in the West must be held accountable for an attack on two mosques in New Zealand, which left at least 50 worshipers dead.  Text : AVA- "The terrorist attack in New Zealand represents a very dangerous tidein the West that is Islamaphobia," he said in Istanbul wherethe Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) heldan emergencymeeting Friday. Certain Western officials and institutions, he said, are aiding and abetting crimes against Muslims with theirsilence. Zarif criticized "those who prevent citizens of Muslim countries from entering their countries," referring to US President Donald Trump and "those who prevent the use of Islamic symbols in their countries," meaningEuropeans. "Unfortunatelythose who claim to be promotingfreedom of speech areboth suppressing thefreedom of expressionofMuslims and allowing all forms of insult against Muslims in the name of the freedom of expression," he said. "Andwe are seeing the consequences of this in various parts of the West," Zarif added. The minister said the OIC emergency meeting in Istanbul came on Iran s request during his phone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu last week after the New Zealand massacre. "Our Turkish friends, given the sensitivity they have toward the issue, announced holding this ministerial meeting within a couple of hours after our conversation. This was a very good step taken by the Turkish government," Zarif said. "At this meeting, we plan to try to establish a consensus not only to condemn this (terrorist attack in New Zealand), but also to take necessary measures for the Islamic countries to prevent the repetition of such events," he said. "With OIC ministers in Turkey; all condemn barbaric Christchurch terror against Muslims & seek to unite against dangerous tide of racism & Islamophobia in the West," Zarif tweeted later. In hisspeech tothe OIC meeting, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogancalled for a global fight against rising Islamophobia, sayingMuslim nations cannot allow "this brutal terror attack to be forgotten." "Just as humanity fought against anti-Semitism after the Holocaust disaster, it should fight against rising Islamophobia in the same determined fashion," Erdogan said. "Right now we are facing Islamophobia and Muslim hatred," he said, adding far-right neo-Nazi groups should be treated as terrorists in the same way as Daesh extremists. The Turkish president also saidthe reaction and empathy shown by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following the attackshould be an example to world leaders. New Zealand s foreign minister arrived in Turkey early Friday for substantial talks after comments made by Erdogan over the killing sparked a diplomatic spat between the nations. Representatives from the UN, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) also participatedin the event. Among the victims of the terrorist attack were nationals fromSyria, Jordan, India,the United Kingdom,Saudi Arabia and Egypt.