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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu meets 'Cool Clock' Ahmed in New York
Saturday September 26, 2015 8:39 PM, IINA


[During the event, Ahmad Mohammad took a selfie with the Turkish premier and his wife. Anadolu Agency image]

New York:
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met on Friday with the Muslim student who was arrested in the United States after his teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, Anadolu Agency reported.

PM Davutoglu, who was in New York to attend some UN meetings, has greeted the 14 year-old Ahmad Mohammad at an event organized by the Turken Foundation, which helps Turkish students in the US.

According to Anadolu Agency, Ahmed's father, Mohammad El-Hassan Mohammad, said that the family was grateful for Turkey’s support.

“What happened to my son is something ridiculous”, he said. “You accuse a Muslim because he is a Muslim. We need all this Islamophobia to stop.”

During the event, Ahmad Mohammad took a selfie with the Turkish premier and his wife.

Ahmed, whose family are from Sudan, made international headlines when he was handcuffed, arrested and fingerprinted by police on September 16, after a homemade clock he brought to the school was mistaken for a bomb.

His arrest was widely criticized and the charges against him were eventually dropped. Ahmed received messages of support from a number of high-profile figures including President Barack Obama, who invited the boy to the White House.

The incident took place at a time when rising Islamophobia has exacerbated the debate around religious freedom in the US.

It is noteworthy that such debate reached even U.S. Presidential Race 2016 hopefuls, a while ago, US communities were outraged at Donald Trump, who agreed with a question that indicated Muslims as a problem in the US, and Ben Carson when he said that he would not advocate putting a Muslim in charge of the nation.


 


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