US not 'civilized country': Erdogan

TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday the US could not be called a civilized country.

"What do they call America? The cradle of democracy. Such a thing cannot be a democracy and its name cannot be democracy," he said at the Civilizations Forum at Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul.

"If America issues arrest warrants for my 13 bodyguards in a country where I went upon invitation, I'm sorry, but I will not say that country is civilized," Erdogan said at the Civilizations Forum at Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul.

On June 15, the US issued arrest warrants for 16 people including Erdogan's bodyguards allegedly linked with a brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington during the Turkish president's visit in May.

The president said he and his security team faced threats during his visit. "They [security guards] took measures for us. And even two of them [guards] were not even there. Can there be such justice?" he added.

Erdogan criticized US President Donald Trump's policy regarding Muslims saying Turkey never closed its doors to people who thought differently.

"Muslims in America are facing expulsion so it means there is a problem in the country," he said, adding he had doubts on Trump's ability to "judge" a civilization.

Trump uses 'terrorist' only for Muslims

The Trump administration laid out late last month new restrictions to replace Trump's previous travel ban, which was set to expire, adding two non-Muslim-majority countries to the list of designated nations while dropping Sudan.

The countries that face travel restrictions under Trump's new order are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Venezuela and Yemen.

This latest attempt to curtail immigration to the US was dealt a legal setback after a Hawaii judge ruled Tuesday that it suffers from the same legal deficiencies as his previous directives.

The president also said that Turkey was the country that had done the most to fight ISIL.

"And while we fight, we say that Daesh has nothing to do with Islam.We are saying that Daesh is not related to Islam in interviews [...] at every international meeting."

"But you cannot make them understand and unfortunately they make Muslims kill Muslims," Erdogan said. "They also supply free weapons. We want weapons with our money to defend [ourselves], they do not give us weapons. We are in such a strange world."

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    • Arman US 22:15 - 2017/10/21
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      Honorable Mr. Erdogan, please don't tell us you JUST found that out! It is a country of Cowboys (liars, cheaters and boozers), what did you expect???