Erdogan says shows sensitivity to believers of other faiths

"We show sensitivity to make sure that believers of other faiths practice their faith just as our government displays sensitivity on Muslims' practicing their beliefs," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Erdogan says shows sensitivity to believers of other faiths
"We show sensitivity to make sure that believers of other faiths practice their faith just as our government displays sensitivity on Muslims' practicing their beliefs," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Erdogan delivered a speech to members of the Swedish-Turkish Workers' Association Federation at the conference hall of the Stockholm Municipality.

"We try to get together with Turks living in the countries we visit. If you are happy away from Turkey, it makes us happy in the Motherland," Erdogan told.

"Your happiness is our happiness. Your grief is our grief. Regardless of where he or she may be, the problem of any of our brother or sister is the problem of us. Regardless of where they may be in the world, my brothers and sisters will feel the warmth of the Turkish state," Erdogan indicated.

"The number of companies established by Turks in Sweden reached over 3,000. The annual revenues of these companies are more than three billion euros. I am proud of this figure," Erdogan noted.

"Certain countries try to block Turkey's EU process. However, Sweden is different. It is a country where all parties in the parliament support Turkey's EU membership process," Erdogan remarked.

Erdogan stressed that his government has three red lines: ethnic, regional and religious nationalism.

"All 70 million Turkish citizens are brothers and sisters. There is no separation among our citizens. No one can accuse another based on ethnic background. We are against regional nationalism. For years, politicians only looked at western parts of Turkey and ignored central Anatolia, Black Sea region, south-eastern Anatolia and eastern Anatolia. We are also against religious nationalism. 99 percent of Turkey is Muslim. The remaining population is comprised of Christians, Jews and other faiths. We pay high attention to make sure that the believers of other religions practice their religions as they wish," Erdogan underlined.

Erdogan ended his speech by advising Turks in Sweden to be in unity and harmony with each other.

Turks' problems in Sweden

Also, leader of a Turkish workers' associations in Sweden met Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, telling the premier about problems they face in Sweden.

Hasan Dolek, chairman of the Sweden Turkish Workers' Associations Federation, called on for the foundation of a ministry for Turkish emigrants in Turkey.

Dolek also presented a dossier to Erdogan on the problems and solution proposals of Turks in Sweden.

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