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Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia agree to fight Islamophobia

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan shake hands after a joint press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on January 4, 2019. (File photo by AFP)

Leaders of Turkey, Pakistan, and Malaysia have reached a consensus to jointly fight the rising threat of Islamophobia across the world, mainly in the West.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reached the agreement at a meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

The three countries also agreed to launch a TV channel tasked with confronting the challenges posed by Islamophobic ideologies.

“President Erdogan, Prime Minister Mahathir and myself held a meeting today in which we decided our three countries will jointly start an English language TV channel dedicated to confronting challenges posed by Islamophobia and setting the record straight on our great religion – Islam,” Khan said in a series of tweets.

Pakistan, Malaysia, and Turkey held their first trilateral meeting on the foreign ministerial level on the sidelines of the 14th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi city of Mecca on May 30.

Earlier this year, the United Nations warned about the unbridled spread of Islamophobia across the international community.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres slammed the mainstream media, politicians, and academics around the world for fueling “bigotry” and “hatred” against Muslims in their societies.

Guterres’ remarks came after the March 15 mass shootings by a self-confessed white supremacist that killed 50 Muslim worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand.

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