Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that attacks on the Quran cannot be "defended with the excuse of freedom of expression" and that such acts "target social peace and stability" during talks with a delegation from the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.
Erdogan also asked them to tell the US Congress and other political circles about the dangers of Islamophobia during the meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara.
"I would also like to express my gratitude for your work and solidarity regarding the Feb. 6 earthquake disaster," he said, referring to the twin quakes whose epicenter was in southern Kahramanmaras province.
The president also said the US Muslim community's donations worth $100 million for the earthquake victims has been a manifestation of Islamic solidarity.
"Our Ummah's stand against Islamophobia, intolerance and discrimination and their unity is of vital importance in the fight against this threat," he added.
Pointing out the importance of the task undertaken by the council in order to explain the true understanding of Islam based on tolerance and brotherhood, Erdogan said: "Your strength as a Muslim community in America sets an example for the entire Islamic world and constitutes a source of strength and inspiration."