Hezbollah supporters at a rally in Lebanon (Photo: Reuters)
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Sunday that Hezbollah, or 'the Party of God' in Arabic, should change its name to 'the Party of Satan,' blaming the Lebanese-Shia movement for killing civilians in next-door Syria.
Speaking at an international symposium in Ankara, Bozdağ warned against attempts to incite sectarian strife, claiming that those responsible – particularly in Syria – remained at large throughout the world.
The entire world should confront sectarianism, Bozdağ declared, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu.
Racism, he said, is "one of the deadliest diseases the world is facing," going on to assert that racism contravened Islamic precepts.
Bozdağ referred to Turkish theologian Said Nursi, who – inspired by the Quran – brought Islamic society back in touch with its core values.
Turkey has been fighting militant groups for almost 30 years.