International desk – Islamophobia in parts of the world has been fuelling terrorism as anti-immigrant sentiment rises in some countries, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres observed during a visit to Saudi Arabia.
The UN chief made the comment to reporters after talks with Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday.
“One of the things that fuel terrorism is the expression in some parts of the world of Islamophobic feelings and Islamophobic policies and Islamophobic hate speeches,” Guterres said.
“This is sometimes the best support that Daesh can have to make its own propaganda,” Guterres said, using an Arabic acronym for the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
Pakistan-based newspaper dawn reported that US President Donald Trump issued an order in late January that denied entry to all refugees for 120 days.
It also blocked travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. Refugees from Syria were blocked indefinitely.
But the order has faced obstacles and on Thursday an appellate court decided unanimously to maintain a block on Trump’s order.
Guterres said: “We will never be successful in fighting terrorism in Syria if an inclusive political solution is not found for the Syrian people”, the press statement said.Guterres arrived in Saudi Arabia from Turkey and is to be in Dubai on Monday for the World Government Summit during his regional tour.