Jakarta (Antara News) - The world now faces a common enemy in the form of narrow-minded people who commit violence in the name of Islam, King of Jordan Abdullah II said at the Asian-African Conference (AAC) here on Wednesday.

"Everyone, both Muslims and non-Muslims, have common enemies, namely the forces of the devil, the Khawarij (people who rebelled against Caliph Ali bin Abi Talib), offenders, and all those who distort Islam with narrow-minded un-Islamic thoughts," the king added.

He urged world leaders to fight all forms of terrorism that threaten countries and their people.

"Lets stand together and combat terrorist acts, similar to what Jordanians did when terrorists murdered two innocent Japanese hostages and our pilot," he emphasized.

Therefore, the king has called on international communities, especially those in Asian and African regions, to strengthen solidarity against terrorism.

"We must fight terrorism not only in Syria and Iraq, but also in Yemen, Kenya, Tunisia, Libya, Sinai, Mali, Nigeria, regions in the Horn of Africa, and in Asian countries," King Abdullah II stressed.

In addition, he affirmed that Islam was not as it was portrayed by extremist groups that undermined peace in some Asian and African regions.

The king also pointed out that Islam teaches equality, forgiveness, respect for the dignity of others, and being a good friend to all parties.

The summit of the Asian and African leaders was held on the fourth day of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the AAC in Jakarta.

The event was opened by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and several the heads of states and governments, among others, participated in it. These included Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Hasanal Bolkiah, President of the Peoples Republic of China Xi Jinping, King of Swaziland Mswati III, Prime Minister of Palestine Rami Al Hamdallah, President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, King of Jordan Abdullah II, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, and Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan O. Cha.

-YH) 22-04-2015 22:58:44

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