Gulf leaders decry 'racist' rhetoric against Muslims as Donald Trump backlash grows

US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, on Dec 7, 2015.
US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, on Dec 7, 2015.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab leaders condemned"hostile, racist" remarks against Muslims and Syrian refugees in a statement issued on Thursday (Dec 10), days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ban on the entry of Muslims into the United States.

"The supreme council expressed its deep concern at the increase of hostile, racist and inhumane rhetoric against refugees in general and Muslims in particular," the Gulf Cooperation Council said, referring to a GCC heads of state meeting in Riyadh.

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